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Memories of Qingming - Part 3

Create: 04/02/2017 - 14:58
A Love Story From The Graves

A Love Story From The Graves.

On a gloomy and windy day, a frangipani landed on the edge of a tombstone. Perhaps, it wanted to be near the fading, hanging red hibiscus it was admiring and longing from the treetop? Will the impending rain separate them again? Or will they wilt together? An ant and silent, invisible souls around them will bear witness.

Memories of Qingming - Part 2

Create: 04/02/2017 - 13:24
Graveyard's Tray Dog.

The Pirate And Cupcakes. Lonely As A Cemetery Dog.

It was both heartbreaking and heartening to see this eye patched dog that turned around to smile at me when I called out in 2016. I am guessing she was probably abandoned here as a puppy.

The dog must have grew up very lonely in the normally deserted and vast graveyard where she ruled. Heartening because, once a year, there is an abundance of food for her to scavenge. Visitors leave behind prayer food such as Chinese cupcakes.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f10, 1/320 sec.

Memories of Qingming - Part 1

Create: 04/02/2017 - 12:25
Memories of Qingming Fire And Rain

This is one of my favourite photographic memories from the graveyards on Tomb Sweeping Day. 15 days after the Spring Equinox, the Chinese sweep or visit the tombs of their departed loved ones annually.

The weather may be wet and gloomy on that day in 2008, but the Qing Ming Jie (清明节) (or Ching Ming Festival) tradition of burning paper offerings was captured in this image of cold against warmth.

To capture the silhouettes of relatives (strangers) surrounding the tomb and bonfire, I climbed down low on the hilly terrain.

Olympus E-510, 1SO 400, f4.5, 1/320 sec.