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