Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Day Bowls, Slide Into Obscurity and Kipling's Tree

"Day Bowls" :- These are prayer bowls with the various days of the week painted on the side in Thai. The idea of this is that you pay respect to the Buddha statue representing the day you were born by placing some coins in the corresponding bowl and then praying. Each Buddha statue is posed differently for each day of the week. There are reasons for each pose but incredibly there are 110 official postures for Buddha images. You can read about them all here :- 110 Postures . This image was taken in a temple called Wat Chedlin (also Jet Lin) on Prapokklao Road in the city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

"Slide Into Obscurity" :- I didn't know at the time that this was going to be one of the last shots taken by me of the ruined West Pier in one piece. It was taken on a very sunny Friday afternoon in Brighton (UK) on 15th November 2013. A month after this and ferocious storms would be battering the coastlines of Britain, flooding much of its land and destroying properties, buildings and many tourist landmarks along the way. The West Pier was also a casualty as a section of her fell into the raging waters so she now stands in two parts, divided but still defiant!

"Kipling's Tree" :- A moody, twilight image taken from the village green in Rottingdean on the south coast of England. Beyond that high stone wall there is a garden. However, it's no ordinary garden as it was once the garden of Rudyard Kipling. The large house is called The Elms and the writer and poet rented and lived in it between 1897 and 1902 before moving to his 17th-century country home called "Bateman's" in Burwash. His Uncle was the pre-raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones who also lived in Rottingdean. If you look across the green in this image you will see a round blue plate on the wall of a white house (far left of image). That house is called "North End House" and was created by merging "Prospect Cottage" and "Aubrey Cottage" together in 1880. "North End House" was where Sir Edward and Lady Georgina Burne-Jones lived.

All Photography Copyright © Justin Hill