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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stone Carving


That creepy stone Monk carving was found at the Seiganji Temple (清厳寺) in Utsunomiya city, Tochigi Prefecture. Stone carvings like that (though not always creepy) can be found at Buddhist temples and they are relatively new. I assume that they are sort of eye-catching mascots with vague significance both in history and religion...

This is a Sepia Scenes #123 and Alphabe-Thursday entry (V is for vague).


           

29 comments:

  1. Interesting statue, it looks smaller than a real person. Your B&W photos are always very nice too!

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  2. Fascinating surace/texture. Well presented here.

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  3. That's a very cool statue and I love how you chose to shoot it on an angle!

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  4. Good black and white image with subtle textures.....

    -Trevor

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  5. this is a beautiful statue. great shot Yoshi. I like the look of surrender and devotion. very nice. have a great day!

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  6. La statue et le traitement sont superbe

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  7. really beautiful and interesting!!
    great shot Ykeda!

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  8. Beautifully photographed. This is not the usual sort of statue I've seen at Buddhist temples.

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  9. I like your use of shallow depth of field to accent the stone's textures and shapes, and to bring it forward from the busy background. The expressive features of the statue make it really unique. Excellent image Yoshi!

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  10. Great shot of as you say a creepy stone carving. He looks like he is really suffering. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  11. quite a piece of art. nice capture.

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  12. Hmmm. I wouldn't call it creepy. I think it shows great emotion. :)

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  13. Outstanding. Such drama. The mood of suffering is very strong and so unexpected in a temple garden.

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  14. The black and white color is perfect in highlighting the statue's "emotion". Nice photo!

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  15. Is it yearning or is it suffering?

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  16. A bit creepy yes, but great emotion in the carving and nicely done in bw.

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  17. These Japanese monks, do they go out for food like the Thai ones?

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  18. 夜これを見ると、ちょっと怖いですね!

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  19. Amazing.けっこうこういう不思議なものはいろいろありますよね。

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  20. Hmmm.... I don't think this one is creepy. He looks like he is carrying his alms bowl, his head tilted towards the heavens. His expression seems like that of acceptance, or mercy... almost as if he were ready to pass on & is accepting of that.
    It would be interesting to see it in person.

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  21. Very cool....

    I love the expression on his face..

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  22. He is a bit creepy, but interesting, too.

    =)

    PS. I'm pretty late for Alphabe-Thursday this week, so here's my link:
    Vistas

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  23. Dont you wonder what the stone carver was thinking or what was the significance or story of the sculpture...

    Blessings & Aloha!

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  24. Beautiful shot. I am going to scroll ahead and hope to see current posts from you.

    I couldn't find your link and was glad to see it this morning. You were on my mind since the devastation started.

    Sending you and your loved ones hugs and blessings.

    A+

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