“Everybody’s a bird, locked inside a pretty cage. ”
As a photographer, one of my favorite things to look for while traveling is symmetry. As such, I’ve chosen to take an approach to Josh’s “inside” challenge highlighting that aspect. Above, the symmetrical birdcages of Hong Kong which keep small birds inside of their pretty exteriors.
“Life is lived on the inside. What’s outside doesn’t matter.”
Many of the buildings in China had lovely, beautifully-detailed and always symmetrical shutters through which to look from the inside. Above, an example from the historic town of Zhouzhuang, about which I posted here. Also in China, a favorite capture from our visit to Ping Yao in the Shanxi Province. It was actually the charming courtyard of the Jing’s Residence Hotel, cleverly hidden inside the original antique doors of a 12th century merchant’s home.
“It is your inside that controls the outside.”
Our visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia offered so many opportunities for symmetry it was difficult to choose from among them. I’ve featured two of my favorites here – from inside the corridors of the amazing temples.
“It is about happiness inside.”
“You have to rely on whatever sparks you have inside.”
In closing, one doesn’t have to travel far to find beauty. Exhibit A, favorite shot from nearby Charleston, SC, where the historic and stately buildings of the peninsula offer some wonderful symmetry. The play of light and shadows on this courtyard, for example, simply called out to be captured.
“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
Carl Gustav Jung
To see how some other bloggers interpreted the “inside” challenge, click here.