“Peace, love and a DSLR”

Digital Photo (UK) - - HOW DID THEY DO THAT? -

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.

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