Falun Gong & some challenges

Falun Gong

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Yellow

+ B&W #4

+ Photo101 Rehab

I have gone through the photography aspects bit by bit as you view each one.

1. The photo you see below is as is, no edits.

All the photographs below though part of other challenges, also make up a Photo101 Rehab entry too.

Falun Gong

Falun Gong

2. This photograph I edited in a very minor fashion in LightRoom, just clarity and contrast

Falun Gong

Falun Gong

3. Using LightRoom once more I got a bit adventurous and de-saturated everything, bringing back only the yellow tones, makes certainly for an unusual picture.  The fact there is colour in the buildings yet not on the people makes them look very eerie in my mind.

This and the above photograph are my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Falun Gong

Falun Gong

4. Again using LightRoom I turned the photograph Black and White, then edited with contrast a bit, keeping all the shades and textures within it as much as possible.  To me this is fitting with how I feel about Falun Gong having seeing the brief bit of I have, full explanation below.

This is my entry for The Black & White Photography Challenge #4

Falun Gong

Falun Gong

Please skip past the challenge bit if you wish to find out about Falun Gong, it is something I hope you might find the time to look through.

What is the Black and White challenge?

In order to fulfil this challenge one must post a B&W photograph for the next 5 days.  On each of these days to also nominate another photographer to enter.

It’s a crazy hectic festive time, so anyone I might nominate, it is cool if you can’t do it, or with to defer until the New Year, I totally understand. Or indeed you  might have been nominated before, these things are hard to keep up with especially in a tight knit band of photographic buddies.  If you do however take the plunge, I shall be watching the Black & White space with anticipation and enthusiasm, thank you, have fun!!!

I would like to nominate the wonderful writer and photographer for My Private Idaho for the B&W Challenge, pop by her blog to spoil yourself in her serene writings, sometimes her words take my breath away and she ain’t half a bad photographer too 😀

 Falun Gong

I first discovered Falun Gong on my Summer’s trip to Bath.  Bath is an idyllic place, also full of tourists and an ideal place also for people to perform and be seen.  The two particular people you see photographed happened to sit at the edge of the square that sided on to the Bath Cathedral and to the side was the Roman Baths.

Though a busy area, it is also serene and seeing them there was also serene.  However, I was curious and like many took a closer look at the various posters that were displayed in and around a table, which you cannot see.

I was mortified at what I saw and deeply disturbed and so unexpected in contrast to what I was visualising, it just wasn’t something I was expecting nor prepared for, but who is prepared to see the worst things imaginable and this really was top of the list.

I can only talk to you about what I have managed to find online, because the two people you see below did not talk, they remained in that position for hours and hours.  I know this as we were staying nearby, walking distance and they did not move.  There was however a petition which didn’t seem to need manning as the pictures were enough to allow people to make a decision either way whether they wanted to provide support in signeage.

Falun Gong is a qigong discipline which combines slow-moving exercises and meditation with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.  It was introduced to the public in May 1992 and founded by Li Hongzhi.  It increased in popularity in the 1990’s  and in 1999 the Communist Party launched a campaign to “eradicate” Falun Gong.

This is when the persecution of Falun Gong started.  It refers to a campaign mentioned above and related within the People’s Republic of China.  According to Amnesty International, it includes a multifaceted propoganda campaign, a program of enforced ideological conversion and re-education, and a variety of extralegal coercive measures such as arbitrary arrests, forced labor and physical torture, sometimes resulting in death.

This campaign was driven by large scale propoganda which infiltrated through the 6-10 Office in to the state media, judiciary, police, army and the educational system, families and workplaces.

There are reports of systematic torture, illegal improsonment, forced labor, organ harvesting and abusive psychiatric measures, all with the aim of forcing practitioners to recant their belief in Falun Gong.

It is estimated that thousands, maybe millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained enduring the longest sentences and worst treatment.  As of 2009 at least 2,000 Falun Gong adherents had been tortured to death.

In 2006 allegations emerged that vital organs of non-consenting Falun Gong practitioners have been used to supply China’s organ tourism industry.  The United Nations Comittee on Torture called for China to schedule an independent investigation in to the allegations.

It was when I walked past that I saw vivid pictures of all these allegations, including the organ transplants, all of it was sickening beyond belief.  It was like seeing one of the worst horror movies put on to paper.

I wonder what goes on with humanity at times.

Such a spiritual practise to be persecuted in such a way boggles my mind.

Thank you for reading, Justine xx

Had you heard of Falun Gong before?

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  11 comments for “Falun Gong & some challenges

  1. December 22, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    I have never heard of them, but what a terrible thing to have happen to people. Sounds kinda like Hitler and what he did to the jews.

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Yes, it’s awful. I didn’t know the history at all, I just saw the pics and honestly it was stomach churning, so I made sure when I got home from the holidays to look it all up xx

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  2. December 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Hi Justine, I haven’t heard the term Falun Gong but I have heard of this practise. I can only imagine how horrific it was to see thise images. It certainly makes you think!
    Your image, however, is lovely. I agree that your desaturated-except-for-yellow pic is very eerie with the b&w faces. X

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    • December 22, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Yes, almost dealthly that one in a way, maybe a depiction of all the poor victims who have been tortured. It’s so horrible that this kind of things has gone on, it goes on nowadays in different versions, all these atrocities and inhumane acts, wow, I shouldn’t be so dower but i guess when you read this kind of thing, yes it makes you think xx

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  3. December 22, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    It truly is a shame these people are persecuted for their beliefs. I knew several practitioners when I lived in Birmingham (that’s Alabama, not the original in the U.K.), and they told me some of the horrors they faced.

    It’s almost 2015, and humanity still can’t get past doing horrible things to each other because of differences in belief.


  4. NotAPunkRocker
    December 22, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Excellent post and information, J.


  5. December 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    No I haven’t heard of them before. I am glad that you are letting people know.

    I think the second picture is my favorite although I like them all!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      BTW… You only did your own challenge that one week didn’t you. I haven’t seen any others. I looked a couple of times.

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      • December 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        If you mean the weekly photo challenge i think ive done them all 🙂 the most recent were twinkle, warmth and yellow yes? :-)xx


    • December 29, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Thank you and yes was rather shocking to find out the history about them, very traumtising xx

      Liked by 1 person

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