Tucked at the back of Palolo Valley lies a Korean Buddhist temple steeped in culture, complete with beautiful architecture and statues.
Last year, I had the opportunity to study at the Mu Ryang Sa Temple in the Palolo Valley area of Honolulu. I was not studying Buddhism, but Korean language.
The temple was constructed in the 1980’s in Palolo Valley. It is listed as the largest Korean temple outside of Korea, and constructed in the fashion of 5th century Korean architecture. From points of the grounds you are cooled by mountain breezes as you gaze down to the ocean. The institution offers education programs in Buddhism, Korean language and culture like calligraphy, dance, music, and tea ceremonies no matter your faith or background. It also offers care to the Korean elderly in Hawaii .
The grounds house some amazing statues.
The most striking of which and moved me the most is the Garden of Ji Jang Bosal.
The monks and staff are very kind and let me take pictures of their sacred buildings and grounds freely. You can too. Just be equally respectful. There is a donation box that could compensate them for your picture adventure. They have ceremonies all through the day and you may want to sign up for a class or two to learn Korean or Calligraphy.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. It has been mentioned in a myriad of pop culture references in books, music, and film, and is also the home of the Lomography headquarters. The history of Vienna stretches back to a far 500 BC, which is why it’s no surprise that the city is steeped in rich, unique, and fascinating culture and history that has inspired artists of all generations.
At the beginning of November, I went to Madrid for the first time. I wanted to bring back home unique memories and photographs of what I was going to discover in the Spanish capital, so I brought the Petzval Lens with me to capture this trip within a beautiful swirling bokeh.
Stephen Chin’s expertise covers architectural, commercial, food, wedding and portrait photography. The duly licensed photographer from Singapore has been shooting for a decade yet continuously strives to up the ante through the continuous discovery and mastery of new techniques. He took a step back and experimented with the new Petzval lens recently, and came up with such striking results.
This August, we bring you back to your roots and explore the wonders of nature! First, we cook up a storm with a film soup experiment. Followed by nature photowalks at beautiful scenic parks in Singapore to unearth the tips & tricks of trouble exposure, as well as the unique methods to perfect our macro shots. To cap off the learning month, we'll gather on a cozy Friday night for a new special sharing series by the Lomography Community -- with Sharing Session #1: Nature.
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If you are in search of a lesser known European city full of nice examples of art and architecture, I would recommend that you visit Palermo, the capital of the region of Sicily in the South of Italy. This city is rich with wonderful churches, squares, fountains, and other important monuments and buildings! Take a look after the jump!
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Every summer, my soul screams for a lazy, hot day back at my parents' home, for some good food, relaxation, and catching up with childhood friends. This year is no different, so I went back down to my small hometown in the very northeast of Belgium to enjoy a perfect laid back day doing nothing and everything. And of course, I brought my analogue cameras along to eternalize all of these small but grand moments in life.
With the summer heat setting in and the music blaring, it’s a relief no one was overwhelmed with all the heat. We’ve seen your Lomographs, now prepare your taste buds for more wine, food, music and fun at the upcoming BottleRock Nappa Valley Festival!