This image gives me a small burst of synesthesia, where I hear the sounds of the crowd and smell the incense. Not only that but I recall memories from visits to the powerhouse museum in primary school in Sydney, where you explored exhibitions setup to look like the early colonizers of Australia in the 1800’s. They would have sounds of the markets and down by the docks playing in the background, people would be talking in thick english accents and their would always be seagulls !

I think that the power of imagery is not just to take you to another place within the image but also to take you on a tour through your own memories sometimes. Whilst this image isn’t one of my HDR images, they have the ability to look so real that our minds get tricked into thinking we are actually there in the space, which has a powerful effect on our minds. We have trained our minds, and therefore our neural pathways, to ‘know’ what a photograph looks like and so the message kept getting sent along similar branches when we viewed one. With the faster developments within the field of HDR photography due to the power of computing they have become much easier and faster to make, where as in the past the production of an HDR image through film would have been a painstaking process. The line between a photograph and reality is becoming transparent due to HDR processing, we all of a sudden are having to use and create new neural pathways when viewing them, which can be an exciting experience.

This image below has that feel to it where its not just about what you see, but what you smell, feel and maybe 🙂 where you go in your mind…

Image Location:

View “The Smokey Temple” Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Luke Zeme © 2013. Nikon D800 in a larger map

The image was taken at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Everyone is up on the Ledge admiring the view down to Kyoto and there is another Temple and shrines just across the valley, not far. To the right there are many ways to practice their religious beliefs from ringing bells with HUGE thick ropes, reading chants off the tablets on the roof, feats of strength and some form of gambling. The gambling activities I found fascinating as you were given a ticket where you found your place on a board which gave you some kind of happiness message. Then you would leave a message for the next person, “I think anyways”… haha… A Japanese guy explained it to me, but we had to do a lot of sign language because of the language barrier. It’s amazing to witness a religion being so openly practiced like this. Christianity, here in Australia, is usually just practiced on a sunday and that’s just mass in the church.

Software Used:

– Adobe Lightroom 5 catalog and adjustment program

– Adobe Photoshop CS6  used to layer and mask, plus much much more

Thanks Luke

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