Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Golden Smile, Loud Serenity and a Coastal City

"Happy Buddha" - A golden smiling image of Buddha sits calmly in contemplation in the shade of a Bodhi Tree (also known as Bo). It has been written down through history that Gautama Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment below one of these trees. This particular Buddha image can be found in a temple called Wat Ko Klang which is (approx) a 30 minute drive / ride (I did it by motorbike) south east outside the city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.

"Cables" :- A serene and calm image of boats berthed within Brighton Marina on the south coast of England. In reality it's a rather noisy place. The air is filled with "pinging" and "clanking" as cable upon cable slap the metallic masts as they are caught in the breeze and wind. Gulls fly overhead crying and squawking as they fight each other for the odd scrap that they've picked up. There's nothing serene about it at all!

"Brighton Rocks!" :- This is a long shot of the coastal city of Brighton which sits on the Southerly edge of England alongside the English Channel. This is where I was born, this is where I grew up and this is where I still live (when I'm not in Thailand). The city started off life as a small fishing village and slowly grew in size and popularity from the 1700's onward. It's a mixture of architectural styles, sights, sounds and cultures. It has a reputation as a "party town" and many well known and famous actors and musicians live here too as it's only an hour or so by train to the center of London which is just 54 miles North. This image was captured late one evening (August 21st 2012) from the end of Brighton's famous pier.

All Photography © Justin Hill