Quan Yin, The Goddess of Mercy Temple
Smoky and dimly lit, the centuries-old Goddess of Mercy Temple in Penang’s Georgetown is a mysterious and exotic place to explore.
The temple is dedicated to Quan Yin, the Buddhist goddess who comforts the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate.
What better place to start a photography tour? Especially a tour designed to teach this lost soul how to use her first “grown-up” DSLR camera, the impressive-looking Nikon 7000.
The tutor/teacher/guide was Dave Hagerman, who recently moved to Penang from Kuala Lumpur with his wife, food writer Robyn Eckhardt, who blogs at EatingAsia. (More on this formidable husband and wife team later.)
Dave helped me capture some great shots, taught me about light and framing. It was an amazing morning. I hope to get more tuition from him in Chiang Mai, a place he visits often.
You can see some of Dave’s pictures from the same morning on his SkyBlueSky blog.
The temple is such an amazing place I went back there in the afternoon, without Dave. It was one of the last days of the Chinese Hungry Ghost Month and I found some actors preparing for that night’s performance in a makeshift theatre in front of the temple.
And under the theatre …
Postscript: I snapped this fearsome photo of Dave in a nearby wet market. He was teaching me about light again. I call this pic “the unsmiling assassin”. He’s actually not as scary as he seems in this pic!
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