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Wreath, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006

Wreath, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006

Modeled after the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, the CKS Memorial features an enormous seated statue of the Chinese Nationalist leader. I used the statue as a softly focused background layer. The foreground layer is my primary layer. It features a wreath left in his honor. I moved in for a close up of its ribbons and delicate flowers, leaving only a small space for the background layer to show through.

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Phil Douglis23-Oct-2006 20:25
Memorials are often rich in meaning, Xin. And the layered approach relates those meanings as you move through the image.
Sheena Xin Liu17-Oct-2006 23:56
Beautiful color and composition. I like the layers of meaning imparted into this frame.
Phil Douglis18-Apr-2006 18:28
You are right, Carol. By placing the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek into soft focus, it creates a ghostly effect. Chiang has been twice removed from being present -- he is transformed into bronze, and then obscured by soft focusing.
Carol E Sandgren18-Apr-2006 17:59
The soft focused statue shape in your background, to me, offers a suggestion of the ghost of whom the memorial is given.
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