Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

During our last visit to South Africa we saw the largest Buddhist Temple and Seminary in Africa from the road we were travelling on. We decided to drive off of the main road and visit for a while. The photo below was taken in the courtyard. My aim was to capture the beauty of the vase standing on top of the steps to the temple entrance. Looking beyond, one can see the stone statues marking the stairs, and one of the corner towers of the outside boundary.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Seeing beyond. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The stairs suggested in this photo can be seen in the one below. The stone sculpture was the focus of this picture. Beyond the sculpture you can see not only the stairs to the Temple, the entrance to the place of worship, but also the vase that is the focus of my first photograph.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
Seeing beyond (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I do not often take pictures showing the ‘beyond’ but, on this day, the beautiful architecture of the Buddhist Temple encouraged it.

Do you often take pictures showing the surroundings of your subject?

(This post was inspired by Sara Rosso at WordPress.com.)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

48 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

    1. I will too Alex as it is not something I would think of doing. Participating in these photo challenges has certainly made me think more of the end result when I take a picture.


      1. Your examples are very good! They’re making me wish I was able to go out today with my camera for a bit. I’ve been feeling a little ‘flu-ish’ the past few days and haven’t felt up to doing very much at all, but this has me excited!


  1. My think is: “When we last visited South Africa…” How often do you go? It has been a while for me, since 2004, as all the children have followed me to the UK.
    Also, where is this unusual place, not something I would dream of finding in South Africa.
    And also lovely pictures, too.


    1. Our last visit was last year August in 2012. We still go as we still have family there (a parent, siblings).
      The Buddhist Temple is in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng and can be approached from the N4 to Witbank.


  2. thanks for sharing. i tend to zoom in close a lot, and sometimes find myself thinking afterwards, how nice it would have been to have a wider angled view. something to keep in mind for future reference! thanks for sharing.


    1. That is one of the great things about blogging: sharing. This is something I have become aware of from beautiful posts that are put up by some serious photographers 🙂


    1. My husband remembered reading about it in The Star. We saw it in the distance from the N4 and decided to stop – who knew when we would be that way again? It was worth the delay in our plans.


  3. Nice Images 🙂 I too like to position my subject in the frame so that it has space to live in! That temple looks like a fascinating place to visit 🙂


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