“Peace, love and a DSLR”
With this image, I used the same approach as the St Basil Cathedral creation. It’s a legendary and well-known monument in Hong Kong (Tian Tan Buddha), so was a perfect candidate to play with and make something cute.
The cultural difference was a big challenge. This image was exhibited in Harbour City, one of Hong Kong biggest shopping malls. My first idea was to draw a Buddha making a peace and love sign with his fingers, but the exhibition organizer told me I couldn’t do that because it would shock the Hong Kong visitors. So I decided to do something sweet and soft. The real challenge with the shoot was coping with the super-hot heat that day.
Ben had to change his original idea to avoid offending the locals.