Photographer's Note

The Indian festival of Thaipusam was held earlier today. Male devotees go through a careful spiritual concentration first in order to ready themselves for the penance by piercing their bodies with heavy spikes supporting loaded structures called "kavadi." Kavadi is a wooden arch decorated with fruits, pots of milk, or flowers. Some drive the kavadi through their tongues, cheeks, and bodies. Not one drop of blood is shed while devotees march for 3 kilometre journey from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple located on Sarangoon Road to Sri Thandayuthapani in Tank Road. There are supporters gathering around the devotees chanting prayers, clapping their hands, and encouraging those devotees all along the way until they reach the destination. Thaipusam is considered a superstitious penitential festival. Devotees must make a prayer or fasting before going through this festival in honor of Lord Subramaniam.

Unfortunately, not the ideal composition on display here, but an image that hopefully portrays a good impression of the pilgrims' sacrifices whilst most other Singaporeans remain in bed!

With PSCS, Shadow & Highlight adjusted (to a setting of 20% each), Level adjusted and USM filter applied (A 85%, R 2.0 pix, T 4 levels).

Comments, observations and workshops invited.


Vic, Singapore.

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