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Connotation: Moderne Religion

Connotation: Moderne Religion
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Copyright: Reed Radcliffe (rlrad) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-11
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2011-11-18 " Connotation" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 7:03
Viewed: 1277
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I chose this photo for the theme "Connotation". I have been looking for a use for it for over a year since I shot it. The scene said something to me when I captured it, but I could not really figure it out for a long time.

I knew, when I shot this, the building was some sort of temple from the architectural style and my meager translational abilities. It wasn't until much later that I researched it to find that the sign (in both French and Chinese characters) says "Centre for the Study of Chinese Religions and Beliefs". It was founded in 1990 (in another location, actually) by a group of Vietnamese Boat People who risked their lives on the seas and believe they owe their gratitude to the Empress of Heaven, the principle deity enshrined at this temple.

The connotation here lays in my title for the image. In modern times, religion is relegated to an afterthought by so many - present company included, I must admit. I was raised by agnostics, so I probably won't find religion important until I meet God or His representative at the Pearly Gates or under-worldly alternative. The scene here includes the person of Asian descent passing by the doors of the temple on the way from the market in apparent disregard for the building they are passing, representing the connotation, or second meaning of Modern Religion, or no real religion at all.

Perhaps I am off-base with this photograph and my description of it, but I am just happy that I finally found a reason to show it.

After I did my research on this place, I was sorry I did not take advantage of the open door, which has a connotation all it's own...

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-18 7:14]

Hi Reed

My impressions of east China are that the primary religion is one of economic survival & improving the standard of living. They are doing a pretty good job of it too. There are churches, mosques & Taoist & Buddhist temples as well, so it's a real hodge-podge of belief systems here. Nice warm cold color contrast between the dominant red & subordinate blue. The person seems to be struggling up a slight incline. Good sharpness & color saturation. In case you cannot read French it says 'Center for the study of religions & beliefs of China'. Have a great weekend!

Dear Reed,
You have produced a nice image placing the person in the left third and capturing great tone of color. There are many religions and most if not all are to control people and regulate behavior... My theory is that religion started when there was no government, police, jails and so on...So religion is was a perfect tool to keep Law and order and control people.... The person is like many of us...we pass -by religion...
Thanks Reed for this work and analysis.



I really like the strong reds here Reed! Very nice work! I too don't care much for religion. However I'm not "mad" at the word...it just means "to practice"...so whatever you do each day, you do it "religiously"...lol...such a simple word that people get so angry over.
I think that some people NEED more structure than others, therefore the church is a necessity for them. Some people find God in nature... some find it in other people. Whose to say that ALL are not correct? B-)
Wonderful addition to the theme! Nice rich color and nice sharpness. I do love the OPEN door!

Scott Peck thinks of religion in terms of a persons world view and since we all hold a world view we are all religious. For the addict who has tried to ovewrcome thier addiction in their own strength and failed they have sometimes succeed by changing their world view and coming to believe in a power greater than themselves and praying for knowledge of Gods will. These changes are based on the AA 12 steps.
Very attractive colours to advertise this particular religion. The lady helps to make this a nice composition. TFS

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