Gong Xi Fa Chai – Happy Chinese New Year!

Gong Xi Fa Chai – Happy Chinese New Year!
f/1.4, 1/950 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/1.4, 1/950 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

Download the above photo as your Chinese New Year Wallpaper. 

It’s that time a year again when the red and yellow paper lanterns are hung with care all around South East Asia. It’s Chinese New Year.

I have friends of the On Field Media Project visiting us and, as is customary, Alou and I have been showing them around the area. One of our favorite places to take visitors has been the Goddess of Mercy Temple. But it has been renovated and has lost all of it’s patina and much of it’s charm and feel. Now it is just another new, shiney temple. These days, if I show off a local temple, it is Kek Lok Si–reported to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia[1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kek_Lok_Si]. It is full of the old and new. This time of year the temple staff is in the middle of preparation for their huge Chinese New Year event on Jan 27th.

For those of you who are not familiar with Buddhism and Hinduism, the swastika[2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika] you see below predates the Nazis of World War II by 3,000 years. It is a symbol of good luck.

 

f/1.4, 1/850 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/1.4, 1/850 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/11, 1/350 sec, at 14mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

f/11, 1/350 sec, at 14mm, 400 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/1.4, 1/480 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/1.4, 1/480 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/1.4, 1/80 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/1.4, 1/80 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/5, 1/2000 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/5, 1/2000 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

f/5, 1/1900 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

f/5, 1/1900 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-E2

 

 

 

f/2.8, 1/10 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-E2

f/2.8, 1/10 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-E2

 

 

 

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Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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