Fotoeins Friday: not just Easter, but also Tomb Sweeping Day
It’s not just Easter. It’s also Ching Ming Festival (清明節), also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day, or a Chinese version of All Souls Day. Typically occurring 15 days after the Spring Equinox on the Chinese (lunar) calendar, the day is a national holiday in China and Taiwan. In 2015, Ching Ming Festival is on 5 April, coincidental with Easter Sunday.
Mum and I have arrived one to two days late, as evidenced by the large number (and large sections) of graves newly adorned with fresh flowers. On this quiet afternoon with few other people around, we said “hi” to Dad, flipped the tall metallic urn right-side up, and inserted a new batch of flowers.
I made the photo above on 6 April 2015 in Burnaby, BC, Canada with the Canon 6D camera, EF 24-105 L zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/320s, f/22, ISO2000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6IM.
• Who is the woman at the centre?
• Where do the lines lead? Do they support the story here?
• What and why are the “exaggerated” colours chosen for the given setting?
• Is the photographer a part of the scene, or have they accidentally come across the scene?
4 Responses to “Fotoeins Friday: not just Easter, but also Tomb Sweeping Day”
There’s a very nice peaacefulness to the photo. Nice color contrast, too.
Thanks, Bob! I’m starting to find ways to express more in a photograph than merely a digital record of place and time. With that said, I can’t wait to make a print of this photo. Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment.
Very peaceful looking shot, and I think that the color bursts from the flowers really make it.
Thank you, Nancie! I’m glad you picked up on the bursts of colours in the setting. They were precisely as I had intended, to offset the general melancholy surrounding any cemetery. Thanks again for reading and for your comment!