Namhae, South Korea

석가탄신일, or Buddha’s Birthday, happened to occur on a Friday this year, which meant a long weekend for most of the inhabitants of South Korea. A popular destination for the celebration was Namhae Island, located in the south of South Korea, which is where many families, as well as quite a few expatriot teachers chose to spend their Friday.

Although this clip is missing the signature Lanterns of the festival, the popular tradition of lighting fireworks during the evening was eagerly upheld.

Cinematography and Editing: Craig Groenewald
Music: Pick A Piper, All Her Colours (Sun Glitters Remix)
https://soundcloud.com/bad-panda-reco… (published under a CC Licence)
Equipment: Canon 5D Markii, GoPro Hero2, Adobe CS6

Namhae

Guardians of Thailand

The Temples in Bangkok are some of the best places to see the intricate art that permeates Thai culture. These ‘Wats’ (as they are called in Thai) are filled with sculptures and artwork that serve to inspire, guide and protect those who seek it. Many of these sculptures allude to particular Bodhisattva’s, or Guardians, who are meant to embody a particular form of mercy, advice, or prayer.
This clip hopes to commemorate these guardians, not only in the metaphysical sense, but the guardians of culture, spirit and identity that can be found in a very real sense throughout Thai culture.

Music: Sad Soul Circus, ‘Colorful Lights’ (https://soundcloud.com/sadsoulcircus)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand (Wat Saket, Wat Pho, Grand Palace, Wat Phrakaew), January 2013
Film and Editing: Craig Groenewald
Equipment: GoPro Hero2 and Canon 5D Mk2

The eternal recurrence of human stories, and the Bodhisattva's put here to help guide us through them.
The eternal recurrence of human stories, and the Bodhisattva’s put here to help guide us through them.