In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”
Some details are more vivid when we look at them up close. The intricate lines and shades of nature are shown in focus and we are again amazed by these wonderful creations. The closer we get to the subject, the more we are able to see the minute traces that make up the image.
This is the project I’ve been working on this past week. I have began making origami jewelries and it’s been fun! I have made about 50 pairs of earrings and been experimenting on the designs. Sometimes, things are more vibrant when in focus.
East meets West. This Kuan Yin structure found in an old house in Gulangyu is a depiction of cultural mix in its design. The front view shows Kuan Yin and the back view of it is Mama Mary. According to our guide, this shows that the East is in front while the West remains at the back, which is a refusal to succumb to colonial powers.
Incense sticks or called the “joss sticks” are used in temples, in performing religious rites, or in ancestral veneration. Since we were little, we were given these joss sticks to talk to our grandparents and ancestors who have gone before us. We did not know what it means then but just followed suit. In time, it became tradition to light joss sticks and pray to them using that during special dates on the lunar calendar or during their memorial.
At the wake of my grandfather, elders reminded us to keep lighting joss sticks and that the process should not break. The incense should not run out.
The joss stick has been used as a clock in ancient times to determine the time of day. I remembered that my dad said a joss sticks last for an hour, though new ones seem to burn faster. However, it can still be used as a gauge for how long has passed, half of the stick means half an hour.
Symbols depict signs and representations; it can mean a lot of things for different people.
Symbols mark the places and provide solid reference for a particular city.
Once you see it, you’d know where you are.
Once you find it, you won’t be lost.
Once you decipher it, you’d be a step closer to understanding the culture or the person.