Melancholy Monday: Lungshan

Considering what I might bring you of a melancholy nature on this calm Monday, an afternoon in Taiwan in the spring of 2005 floated to the top. I was having a free day of exploration between entrance meetings and the first field stop, and a colleague was showing me around the environs of Taipei, the capitol city. The place that stands out most in my memory was the Lungshan temple, devoted to a religion of ancestor worship. I have Lungshan Waterfallposted my favorite image of this waterfall a couple of times before, several years ago, but I have re-processed it in Adobe Lightroom, which I am finally learning to embrace and use. Lungshan Prayers 3706This second image is one that I have not presented before. Please rest assured that I was not encroaching on anyone’s personal space–this is a very popular place and many of the people (and there were lots) who were visiting carried cameras and were using them freely. It’s a national holiday (Labor Day) here, so many working folks are taking it easy and a bit of melancholy is good for us once in a while, so I wish you a pleasant new week.

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16 Responses to Melancholy Monday: Lungshan

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I love so much that you recoginze the importance of photographers not intruding on people’s private dignity. This sensitivity shows in your photos, is rare, and is so important. The second photo is especially beautiful.

    • krikitarts says:

      I think that the respect for others’ dignity has been with me from the start. That caution also extends to people in public places. I do love a rare opportunity when lots of folks with cameras are photographing each other freely. It’s a fine freedom.

  2. There’s much to be said for reprocessing old digital photographs as software and our skill at using it both get better.

    I’m wondering whether Monday has to be melancholy. Couldn’t it also be merry? Since you chose melancholy, I’ll add that when you presented your first picture before, it was on March 22, 2013. That would have been my father’s 101st birthday but he died a little before 90. Yesterday, when you presented your reprocessed photo, would have been my father’s brother’s 96th birthday but he died a few years ago. In commemorating yesterday’s date my cousin emailed a photograph from the 1950s showing her father with her brother, who died just within the last year. Melancholy indeed.

    • krikitarts says:

      I have plans to revisit more of the negatives and slides in my archives from back when I switched to the digital world in 2000. I have an old Minolta/Konica scanner that still works, and it’s great fun to see what I can do with that raw material. It takes time though–as doew anything that’s worth while!

      • There’s the dilemma: spend time recovering old treasures, versus spend time taking new pictures while the taking is good and the body is up to the task.

      • krikitarts says:

        To my mind, it’s more a sense of investing time, rather than spending time. Both are worthwhile and each has its place. As for the old treasure trove, that’s what night, blustery & rainy days, and winter are for.

  3. You have a flair for finding stunning places in this world. It leaves me wondering~is there that much beauty everywhere, and the rest of us overlook it, or are some places just crazy beautiful?

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s really a bit of both. I have adopted a philosophy that, I believe, originated with Dewitt Jones, who was a renowned National Geographic photographer and who had a monthly column in Outdoor Photographer magazine, which I followed religiously. Much of his success, he said, was traceable to his striving to find the extraordinary in the midst of the ordinary. Sometimes it really pays off. And, btw, thanks for the fine compliment!

    • New Zealand is way up there, as Gary knows so well. So is the shore along Lake Michigan and the adjacent land, as you recently showed me. But I think you’re also right that more-ordinary places have wonders to reveal as well.

  4. zannyro says:

    Beautiful images…the waterfall, breathtaking!

  5. Both are inspirational, Gary. I am not feeling the melancholy though. Both seem more peaceful.

    • krikitarts says:

      I was thinking more of the quiet, reflective side of it rather than the sad side. There could, I suppose, easily be an alternative side of Monday themes–magical? memorable? mellow?

  6. wolke205 says:

    Der erste Foto würd ich nur zu gern an meiner Wand hängen haben! Perfekt!! Wunderschön!!! <3 So friedlich und kraftvoll.

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