Photographer's Note

This shot was taken with my Dad's Olympus OM-2(N) and 50mm f/1.4 lens at a small temple on Putuoshan island.

I grew up with digital and in some ways when I look at this photo in particular I really appreciate the beauty of film and the lengths the masters of the darkroom went to achieve stunning results. That's not to say that I think this is on a par, it's just that I can't begin to imagine how difficult it would have been for me to achieve this without the safety net of 'undo' after some dodging/burning...

Reaching the small island of Putuoshan, off the coast of Ningbo, wasn't an easy task. I visited the island with my Chinese girlfriend while I was there over the Christmas holiday earlier this year.

The island as a whole is not a terribly exceptional place, but despite this I really liked the place. It was very calm, easy to travel around on foot and there were plenty of things to see and do.

At one end of the island there is a massive 30m statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin, Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. A truly impressive spectacle.

Olympus OM-2(N)

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