Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China.

The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2000. Visitors have to climb 268 steps to reach the Buddha.

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The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed beginning in 1990, and was finished on 29 December 1993, the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion. The statue was formed out of 202 separate pieces of bronze. In addition to the exterior components, there is a strong steel framework inside the statue to support the heavy load.

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Snapshots of Hong Kong

It's always challenging taking pictures walking the streets of Hong Kong as the city is full of people bustling about around the clock. Seems like everyone is walking with a purpose. Taking the moment to slow down and observe needs to be a conscious exercise.

 Tram ride from the upper deck

Tram ride from the upper deck

 Message on the sidewalk in Central District

Message on the sidewalk in Central District

 Star Ferry docking from the lower deck

Star Ferry docking from the lower deck

 Ferry ride from Cheung Chau Island

Ferry ride from Cheung Chau Island

If you want to unwind from the stress in the city, finding the right spots within the city or going to the countryside can be a very soothing experience. The trick is knowing where to go.

 Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon

Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon

 Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Big Buddha in Lantau Island

 Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Central District

Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Central District

Artist Talk @ Colourgenics

The Tintype Studio: A Tintype Primer

Second instalment of Life After Digital Artist Talk series is this Wednesday at 7 PM. We will be welcoming the artists behind The Tintype Studio to discuss the process through which their work is created. 

Don't forget to RSVP to LAD@colourgenics.com

 

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7-9PM WEDNESDAY July 10TH

Cost: Complimentary
Presented in association with Colourgenics
11 Davies Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2A9 
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http://goo.gl/maps/AukZp)

The Tintype Studio (www.tintypestudio.net) was conceptualized in the summer of 2010 when four friends, while on a camping trip in Northern Ontario, decided they wanted to work together through the craft of the wet plate collodian process.

The Tintype Studio revisits a historical photographic tradition to create a unique image on a metal surface. They revive this process in its traditional context, the outdoor fair, by offering a fun, participatory, and retro take on the instant photograph. Their tintype portrait service and period-style booth give the public a chance to experience a chapter in the history of photography.

In this Life After Digital talk, perhaps more properly referred to as Life Way Before Digital, members of The Tintype Studio describe their modern-day traveling art practice and the process through which their work is created.

As seating is limited, please RSVP to LAD@colourgenics.com

Looking Left

[caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Looking Right"]Looking Right[/caption] After spending a week looking right crossing the streets in Hong Kong, I will have to turn the opposite direction doing the same as I'm heading into China. Catching a flight in a couple of hours to Xian. A frenchman is anxiously waiting.

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