I thought of this photo recently and thought I’d do a part two to the Weekly Photo Challenge. This photo was taken in Seoul, South Korea.
I spent the afternoon on an Afro-Caribbean strip of Eglinton. One of my favourite things about Toronto is the fact that you can walk from one street to another and see several cultures and communities. Growing up in the east end of London, there is something very familiar about being around so many different nationalities and cultures.
All three shots were taken on my month long volunteering trip to Cambodia. These shots were captured on the Angkor Archaeological Park. The first image is of Banteay Srei, also known as The Lady Temple, it is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The second image is of one of the great Angkor gates and the third shot was taken on a hike while visiting Kbal Spean, the sacred riverbed carvings also known as The River of a Thousand Lingas.
When I think of green, I think of lush vegetation, trees and nature. Cambodia definitely has that. I am so very fortunate to have spent such time there and I can not wait to go back, not only to the trees and the nature, but to the people too.
Renewal is another theme that can be interpreted in so many ways.
I took this photo in Bali, Indonesia last summer. It is one of my favourite photos. While in Bali I went through experiences that renewed me spiritually, renewed my connection to people and the earth. Frangipani, the flower in this photo is a very strong scented flower that is used in many ways throughout southeast Asia. In India frangipani is a symbol of immortality because of its ability to produce leaves and flowers even after it has been lifted out of the soil. It is able to renew itself even when disconnected from its source. In Indonesia, a single frangipani held with the fingertips is a way of recognising the Supreme God Sanghyang Widi Wasa who is symbolised by the daily rising of the sun. Renewal.
This is me doing something I don’t usually do. I don’t usually edit my photos. I like to publish them as they are. However I also enjoying playing with my photos. So this is still medium format, just edited a little here and there.
Since I currently reside in Toronto, I figured I should share some of the shots I’ve taken since I’ve been here.
I enjoyed taking this shot. I’d bumped into a group of teens leaving school. I love watching young ones, they fascinate me. Their perception is so different, so much more dramatic, intense (and hormonal). It makes me smile and remember days of old when I was a teen.
While living in Korea I truly got to experience what it is to feel and be perceived as foreign. I remember feeling awkward about the fact that us foreigners were often referred to as alien. We were certainly treated differently to a Korean. I find that it is things like this that separate us. I resisted this concept of foreign for a while until I came to the conclusion that foreign is just another word for different. These things, these variations of how we do things, where we are born, cultures etc are just different.
This photo was taken at a market in the town of Maseok, South Korea. I remember feeling incredibly out of place at the time because I’m not a meat eater so I tend to squirm at meat markets but also because I didn’t understand the language and I certainly didn’t look like I was from the same small town so I stuck out like a sore thumb.
I’m fascinated with the interaction of people in markets. The energy at a market is different to the energy you’d find at a store or a mall. I think that is the same no matter where you go in the world. The markets have a different feeling of their own and it’s one that amazes and intrigues me.