Sunday, 21 October 2012

A Merchant Deity, Coffee Sacks & Chimney Pots

"Golden Ganesh (Phra Phikanet)" :- Because Thailand is mainly a Buddhist country (nearly 95% of Thailand's population is Buddhist of the Theravada school) it shares much of it's imagery with India. Figures of Ganesh can be seen in temples, on posters and are hung around necks as pendants (I have one my wife gave me). However the Thai's have their own name for the Elephant headed multi armed deity of merchants and that name is 'Phra Phikanet'. This one can be found across a road that runs alongside Wat Lok Molee temple in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. At a guess it's approximately 4 feet (1.21 meters) high and very bright to look at in the harsh sunlight.

"Nine" :- Shot along "Trafalgar Arches" that runs below and parallel with Brighton Station. The entire scene almost felt like I had been transported back into the 1800's , the road and buildings have retained their Victorian look and style and the coffee bags piled up at the door added that final touch giving it a 'days gone by' feel.

"Shadow Stacks" :- The village of Rottingdean sits to the East of Brighton on the south coast of England. It has an ancient and rich history. In 1377 the village was raided by French pirates who were spotted as soon they landed. Many of the village's inhabitants retreated into the church's Saxon-built tower and the french raiders set it on fire killing everyone inside. In the 1800's Sir Edward Burne-Jones (member of the Pre-raphaelite brotherhood & painter) and his nephew Rudyard Kipling (writer of "The Jungle Book" and "Just So Stories") both had houses near the village green and pond. I spotted the shadows of the chimneys as I was on a walk around the village with my camera.

All Photography © Justin Hill