Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

Daibutsu
Daibutsu, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

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Ancient capital
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Wondrous Daibutsu
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I took this photo of the large Buddha statue (called Daibutsu) at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan.  The two main subjects in the photo are Daibutsu and the caretaker in front of the statue.  Without the caretaker in the photo, you would not be able to get a perspective of how large Daibutsu is (also notice how large the flower arrangements are).

Other interesting information:

  • Daibutsu (大仏) is the largest bronze statue of Buddha.  It is almost 15 meters tall and weighs 500 metric tonnes.
  • Todaiji Temple (東大寺 Eastern Great Temple) is the largest wooden building in the world, even though it is currently only about two thirds of it’s original size (57 meters x 50 meters).
  • Construction of the Todaiji Temple began in year 728 and was completed in 752.
  • Nara was the ancient capital of Japan from years 710 to 784

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is:  “Two Subjects” – The theme is more of a composition challenge, two subjects that are both essential parts of the picture and each contribute something differently to the photo.

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54 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects

  1. Wonderful photo. Huge. I did notice the flower arrangements because that is another thing I like to do. Never made any this large.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  3. In the mid 1960’s my then husband was stationed at Kamiseya near Tokyo.
    We visited Daibutsu at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, How impressive it was.
    And how sacred and respectful the people were who also were visiting
    Thank you for sharing the photo and the information.
    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

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  7. yes: Without the caretaker in the photo, we would not be able to get a perspective of how large Daibutsu is! We saw two sculptures in North Korea, also very large, yesterday in TV …

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  10. OMG!!! I was wonderng why it looked so familar… We visited that site and I took pctures of the Buddha too. Thanks for the walk down memroy lane… 🙂

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  12. A divine photograph. Yes, the caretaker brings a perspective to the size of the Buddha, but the fact that both are blue adds graphical strength to the photo. I like that the rest of the colours are faded. This is a very good take on this week’s challenge.

  13. Outstanding arrangement of live man with Wondrous Daibutsu! And I had not known Nara was the ancient capital city of Japan! Bless you for sharing so much wonderful information and artistic talent with this arrangement for “Two Subjects” challenge!

  14. Wow! This photo is really amazing–perfect for the topic. I love the way you use the human for scale, and I always enjoy hearing the story behind the photo. Great post.

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