Description Shot of a large seated statue of Buddha in Thailand. The hands are positioned in the mudra representing subduing mara, or evil. Gold leaf has been rubbed onto the fingernails of the right hand, to earn merit for the faithful. Devotees have placed flowers in the left hand; these have been left in colour, while the rest of the image is black and white, with a deliberate grainy effect. See more at www.SerenityPhotography.co.uk
Serena Bowles, Dover, England Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement
I began travelling in 1998, starting with a round-the-world trip that took me to ten countries on three continents, and gave me a taste of life on the road. On that trip I developed a love of photography, and returned home eager to learn more about the art. I borrowed my father's old SLR camera and got to grips with that before buying my own film SLR, and then moving into digital.
My peek at the world had whetted my appetite for more adventures, and I kept focussed in the three years that it took me to plan my next trip - quitting my job and selling my house in the meantime. I made the most of being home by exploring Kent, my little corner of England, and in my free time I could usually be found out in the countryside, camera in hand. Travelling had opened my eyes; I discovered that the closer you look, the more you see. Nature is a wondrous thing that many of us take for granted.
I've been abroad for three of the last six years, spending much of that time in Asia, as well as extended trips to Africa and Australia. I've visited stunning places and witnessed amazing events and I'd like to show you some of them.
I know that fortune has smiled on me in allowing me to do these things, and I have a strong urge to share my experiences; to give you a glimpse of the wonderful world that is out there.