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Name: Moyuan Zeng
School: Cobham Hall
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I took The Parallel World series in Tibet in 2007. Tibet is the holy land of Chinese Buddhism- the pure land. Tibetan culture is usually relevant to the religion of Buddhism. The architecture, painting, costume and literature are profound in their Buddhist philosophy and well retained until today. By appropriating the straight documentary style, and applying some subtle photoshop manipulations, such as increasing the contrast and brightness, changing the portion of shadow and highlights, I represented the original view of Tibetan landscape, and reflected the simple, spiritual and harmonious lifestyle there. Nowadays, while the rest of the world is undergoing modernisation and the idea of materialism is heavily emphasized by the society, I want to celebrate the plainness and spirituality of the Tibetan culture and document the beauty of its natural harmony permanently through my photographs.
Title: The Parallel World 2
Description: The photograph was captured in Tashihunpo Monastery where was near to the Mountain Himalaya. The monastery was the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition. It was about to rain at the time I was visiting the grand monastery. A strong wind suddenly came and blew over the decorating curtains on both sides of the buildings. I captured the moment of beauty. The scene was filled with paradox- brightness and darkness, movement and stillness. It also delivered a feeling of the beautiful moment is temporary; and it would perish as soon as the wind went away.
Medium: ink jet print
Width: 297 mm Height: 420 mm