Captioned “sacred” because I submitted for that theme for August Break 2013 on Instagram.
Phoneography Monday Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Night-time street photography) - hosted by Lens and Pens by Sally, Gracie Nobiya, details here.
Apps used: Camera+, Snapseed, Whitagram, Moldive (text), Instagram (amaro filter)
Only one shot this week, taken while walking the dog at 10.40pm in the night. Go, me!
Nestled amongst the urban landscape of quiet flats in the night is this Chinese temple, all aglow and very noisy. We are still in the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar over here, also known as the month where the gates of Chinese hell open and hungry ghosts flood the streets. :D Sounds fun?
It was very noisy because an open-air Chinese-opera show was being staged in the temple grounds with the aim of entertaining a ghostly audience. For these shows, the seats are typically left empty for these dearly departed. Human spectators stand and watch from the back. There aren’t many anyway, Chinese opera in this country is largely a lost art that at least I find difficult to appreciate since I don’t even understand what they are singing :P
Outside the temple, the few people standing there are burning offerings, presumably enjoying one another’s company. Cultural events are about being sociable after all, isn’t it? This picture is also interesting for me because the backdrop that is the heritage-style architecture with its religious connotations is wrapped so glaringly in nationalistic emblems -the merlion’s head and the our national flower, a particular type of orchid.
Dogwalking during this month can be pretty challenging, especially if one’s dog wasn’t train to heel. The roadsides would be lined with the ashes of burnt paper offerings, rows of joss sticks stuck to the ground and sometimes plates of fruit and food offerings. (Imagine what a feast that would be for Ruby the Black Labrador! :P) The good thing is Donna heels very well when I want her to.
Kikopup has a great video on Leash Walking tips that is a great resource if you would like to teach your dog to stop pulling - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueE1S1k74Ao
There’s a short documentary on Vimeo if you would like to know more about this festival and how it has perhaps shaped the perceptions of people who have grown up with it. - https://vimeo.com/25900102 (Note, it may be a little spooky to some people perhaps.)