Tin Hau Temples

Typically if you say Hong Kong, people
think of the many skyscrapers. Despite the fact that Hong Kong has the world’s highest
number of skyscrapers, it is considered seventy percent rural. Hong Kong has
more than six hundred different temples. Some of the temples are frequently
visited by tourists due to their locations and attention as landmarks while
other temples are found out in the rural villages of Hong Kong. This body of
work is focusing on the smaller, rural temples which main purpose is directed
towards the locals.

The temples are photographed with a large-format
camera to take advantage of the color richness in the Fujifilm Velvia 50 and to
capture the fine architectural details of the temples. The large-format camera
is likewise used for the purpose of spending more times with the temples, its
devotees and the villages in which they are located. With a digital camera it
is easy to snap a photograph of a building and move on. Using the view camera
forces the photographer to get a greater feeling of the atmosphere of the place
and adds to the effect of getting away and spending time with your own thoughts
and emotions.

The temples serves as a place of worship
for the many devotees of Buddhist, Taoist and local deities. As an outsider without
any significant religious beliefs, these temples functions differently. In the
daily busy and crowded Hong Kong, overwhelmed by the level of noise from the
language, food chomping and traffic, the temples serves as an escape, a place
to gather my thoughts, a place to breathe and think.  The temples are as the peace in the middle of
the chaos. This body of word is my appreciation of their existence, purpose and
beauty. 

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