Time for healing…

Many things have occurred in the last few months for me and my family. Moving to Hong Kong is one of them, although, it is not the only ‘life changing’ event we had to deal with. We also had to come to terms with the passing away of a close family member. To say it has been difficult is an understatement. When so much in your life is already in flux and life-changing decisions are being made, the death of a loved one occurring within this context can place you on another emotional level. For me, I experienced what is referred to as ’emotional numbness’. Basically, the subconscious, being aware of the enormity of the loss, shuts down most emotions, allowing a person to focus (coldly) on the tasks at hand such as dealing with the funeral and other important decisions that need to be made.

Only when things start to settle a bit does your emotions to slowly resurface and the actual grieving starts (months after the actual death). A few weeks ago, as things were getting clearer for me and I had some time to digest, I decided to visit one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong, the modest yet atmospheric Man Mo temple located on Hollywood road in Sheung Wan. While I am not a spiritual person, I did feel an emotional connection there as I had to tackle my inner feelings and I tried to use my camera as a tool to capture some of these emotions. I managed to get a few images I started to like and have posted them here. This is just a start though as I consider these images more as drafts than final images worth publishing. Much more work is required if I want to truly provide scenes that can truly reflect my emotions.

My aim is to regularly visit the temple in the coming months and slowly build up a strong portfolio of images, with the ultimate aim of helping me to deal with the significance of my loss. I hope you like this initial pictures. Hopefully, better ones will follow.

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The entrance to the Man Mo temple, bright and airy, never fails to impress.
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The incense coils hanging in the temple are very expensive to purchase, yet families are willing to offer a coil to the memory of a loved one.
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The shrines are located in the darker parts of the Man Mo temple. There, offerings are provided to the God of Literature named Man (as an author I can’t complain) and the God of war named Mo. In this image, a woman provides oranges to the god Man as represented by a hand holding a pen.

 

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A young man at a shrine containing multiple statues of gods.

 

 

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Incense is constantly being burned throughout the temple making it very atmospheric.

Also, the photography assignment I did two weeks ago covering an event for a major car manufacturer went well and my client is very pleased. It has been decided though that  I not disclose my images of the event as my client hasn’t published them yet.
Hopefully, more on this in a future blog post.

Watch this space.
Bernard

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