Photographer's Note

Another shot from my trip to HsingTien Temple. Again with the Holga and Tri-X. Actually, what interests me most about this shot is what is happening in the background. The guy bending down is picking up two piece of wood, which are kind of shaped like boomerangs. They are curved on one side and flat on the other. If you hold them together, they almost fit together like two halves of a peanut. Part of the ritual at the Taoist Temples is to say a prayer and shake your hands until they fall out. You then can tell your future by which sides of the pieces fall facing up. Not sure exactly how it goes, but the people at temples will test there luck many times during a visit. It strangely reminds me of people rolling dice.

I am trying a different frame, in part because of a suggestion from Luko, although he didn't suggest the heavy black. I am not sure I would suggest it either.

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Additional Photos by Darren Melrose (Darren) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1468 W: 120 N: 1049] (6823)
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