Saturday, March 17:
Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual. ~ Edward Weston
In front of each gate at Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia are statues of 54 gods to the left and 54 demons to the right. These gods and demons are taken from the story of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. It’s some kind of story where a mountain is used as a churning device, and the king of serpents is wrapped around it. On one shore, one person held the tail of the serpent and on the other shore, another held his head. They they pulled the serpent back and forth, churning the ocean. These are some of the unusual 54 demons.
An unusual little vehicle on Houhai Lake. This is my favorite place in Beijing, China…the Summer Palace being a close second. Houhai isn’t necessarily a tourist place, although it draws plenty of tourists. It’s a thriving commercial area with funky and cool shops, restaurants with outdoor cafes and live music, weeping willow trees, paddle boats, bicycles galore, and a cool breeze blowing off the small finger-shaped lake.
What’s so unusual about this is the fact that these kids are around 3-4 years old and are driving MOTORIZED vehicles, randomly and in a frenzy around this little park. It’s absolute chaos and somewhat dangerous, with kids running into each other and hurting each other in mini-accidents!! It’s pure insanity. Who would let a 3-year-old drive a motorized vehicle in a place like this, with scores of other kids doing the same thing??
And last but not least: What can be said about this? This is South Korea for you!!
Unusual?? An understatement…. 🙂