Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square
Peaceful Contemplation in Trafalgar Square
On a wet day in August I head out to London to photograph the rain. Rain always creates amazing reflections as pavements are illuminated with light. Never be afraid of the rain as it is just another photo opportunity! I make my way into Central London to take a look at Trafalgar Square. Wow – it is wet and as the rain pours I discover gentle contemplation in the centre of Trafalgar Square. Falun Dafa followers are sitting quietly, eyes closed as the rain falls on them. I move forward with my camera as I want to get in close. I tread quietly as if on tip toe so as not to disturb the peaceful contemplation. No-one looks at me as I move forward. This is dedication as the rain continues to fall and the followers remain still in their quiet contemplation. I frame the shot and marvel at the reflections as the followers sit quietly in the rain with eyes closed. I bow, and move quietly away.
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