Saturday, 27 December 2008
Wouter Brandsma is no stranger among Ricoh camera users. His works are highly regarded by fellow "Ricohans". Located in Holland, Wouter has published many intruguing photos and useful articles on his GX100 and 200. We are in the process of translating one of his articles in Chinese, as a way to better introduce him to the Chinese speaking community. This photo caught Nevin's eye because of the emotional charge in it. The man in a beret is a war veteran having taken part in the real battle. It was also because of the feeling of action, rendered in an emotional way by a typical upper-left-to-lower-right diagonal pattern.
By Wouter Brandsma: The photograph was made at the 64th commemoration of operation Market Garden. See the full story with more photographs here. The RAW file was processed in Adobe Lightroom and converted to B&W.
I really like to use a compact camera since one can easily can blend in with the public. These cameras are very silent, especially in combination with the snap mode or manual focussing. The wide angle lens is superb of the GX200 and I almost never use 50mm or above.
(For further reading on Operation Market Garden, read this)
Friday, 26 December 2008
All photos are taken at Nevin's place...shhhhh...while he is away. His place is warmly aglow with the early sunshine in the morning.
(From top to bottom: a table lamp, clock from Santorini, plant and shadow, crystal ceiling light, a curtain)
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
May we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas full of love and joy. Christmas is a season of receiving and giving love, especially when this year lots of people are suffering from the financial downturn. If you are lucky enough to be spared a job, we are joyful for you. Even if you not, don't lose heart. You are not alone and this will pass. Hang on, just hang on.
For those who are more lucky at this point of time, may we call upon you to share your love with your family, the people around you and those who are in need. Donate money to a charity fund or do a voluteer work. We are no empty talker. Take Nevin for example, he has been doing voluteer work for two non-profit-making bodies for a good course. He does it on top of his job, family, a tight schedule to practice guitar and manage this site. Whenever and whatever we can afford, lend a helping hand. It will mean a lot to the needy. He knows it intimately because some people helped him out when he was almost driven to despair.
Enjoy you holiday. Again, Merry Christmas to you!
With warmest regards,
Nevin and Co-editor GX GARNERINGS
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Death is a matter of importance in the Chinese society. The funeral of the Chinese is also known as "Ba Si" , literally White Ritual, as opposed to "Hung Si", literally Red Ritual which is wedding. The Chinese wedding ceremony is themed on the auspicious red colour while the funeral on white and yellow.
When I was young, some old people would prepare a set of paper clothes to be worn on their dead body at their own funeral. I actually met an old lady who showed the paper clothes to her family for comments. Some would also make it clear what paper offerings to be burnt to them. There are a whole array of different paper offerings. I published some photos of a paper house for offering in a previous post.
Buddism and Taoism are somehow interweaved with the folk version of the religions, which gave rise to some interesting rituals in a funeral. Take for example, leather is forbidden to be used for the attire dressed on the dead body. It is believed that, otherwise, the deceased will morphed into an animal in the next life.
doesn't wait for us)
The funeral starts in a funeral parlour for a night. The other day, when the coffin is to be moved to the graveyard, the eldest son of the deceased breaks a clay pot to start the procession. Holding a mugshot of the deceased, the eldest son lead the procession flanked by a funeral band playing some Chinese tunes. Paper money is flown into the air on both sides and, sometimes, a Feng Shui master is called into the graveyard to instruct the conduct of the burial.
The immediate family and the closer relatives of the deceased are required to wear some insignias (a while or blue cotton flower or a black swatch) on the chest to mark their mourning for 49 days during which they should refrain from taking part in any celebration. The funeral is officially ended on the seventh day after the burial when some more paper offerings are burnt.
(Passers-by Passing by: Life is an interesting phe-nomenon. Where is this phenomeno leading us?)
Monday, 22 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Good morning. Morning is a time for exercising. Here in Hong Kong, you will bump into people having morning Tai Chi session in alomst any park. Even some gweilos and gweipos (literally, male and female foreigners ; previously offensive terms but now playful among even the expats) do Tai Chi with local masters in Chater Garden at Central for some mornings. The Hong Kong Tourism Board has partnered with some parties to offer free Tai Chi class to tourists. You may check this out for whether the classes are still available. Otherwise, show up in any park and ask the local Tai Chi exercisers for permission to join.