Bangkok has many Buddhist temples and although I haven’t spent a long time in the city, I have been to a few of the more famous ones. One of them is Wat Pho, near the Grand Palace. Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha this is the biggest Buddha statue (or any statue for that matter) that I have seen. It is 15 metres high and 43 metres long. I included a couple of tourists in the lower left corner of the photograph to give a proper sense of scale.
This statue was photographed overlooking the Great Bath and depicts a Roman woman. The initials SPQR stand for a Latin phrase, which when translated reads “The Senate and People of Rome”, referring to the government of the ancient Roman Republic. When I was in Rome at the start of last year there were many statues and monuments all over the city with the SPQR text or symbol. It was a little strange to see it in South West England, but at the same time rather appropriate considering where I was standing!
Obviously religious buildings in Britain have many statues and the huge Anglican cathedral in Salisbury has some of the best. Many have been renovated or completely replaced with hand carved replacements. Here I focused the camera on the religious figure on the right of the frame. I took this with the intention of both converting the final photograph into black and white and throwing the other statues on the left of the frame out of focus.
This is a close up of the main landmark in Ilam, the village cross. Built in the 19th century and made of sandstone the Cross is crumbling severely. In the 1960s a violent storm blew the top quarter completely off. Obviously there have been many restorations of various parts of the cross. The above close up shows an original statue on the left with a modern sandstone replacement to compare.