Thursday, October 16, 2014

Michael Kazemi Exhibits at "2014 - The 9th Global Gathering" at Busan Citizens Park

Michael Kazemi, who is from Tabriz, Iran, will be exhibiting several of his photographs at "2014 - The 9th Global Gathering."  The event will be hosted both by Busan Metropolitan City and Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA), and it will be held at Busan Citizens Park in South Korea.

This exhibition is going to be Michael's largest as he will be displaying 31 of his photographs of Busan.

© Michael Kazemi

Global Gathering is intended to celebrate the richness and diversity that foreign residents living in Busan bring to the region.  It allows many people from many different backgrounds to show off their talents to those who visit the varying venues at the event.

It is important to note that this is only a one day event.  It will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Busan Citizens Park.  To put it another way, it will only be on 2014/10/18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Night Talk
© Michael Kazemi

I like Michael's photographic work quite a bit, because while many of his compositions are serene and peaceful, they simultaneously have a dynamic and energetic pulse that creates excitement and anticipation.

Melody of Water and Light
© Michael Kazemi

Seeds of Light
© Michael Kazemi

To learn more about "2014 - The 9th Global Gathering," and to get directions to Busan Citizens Park, visit the BFIA website here.
A reader will appreciate that the BFIA website has a lot of information that can be helpful to foreign residents living in Busan.  Take a look around; there just might be something for you.

A final image for all to enjoy:

 Dancing of Clouds
© Michael Kazemi

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Hammer Falls

I lived on the east side of Jinan, which is the capital city of Shandong Province in China, in an area that is experiencing a significant amount of construction.  Most obvious are the numerous apartment complexes towering towards the gray polluted sky.  

My Neighborhood
© Mark Eaton

While exploring my little part of the world in Jinan during the day, I often heard booms that echoed off the mountains that are found in the area.  I thought construction crews were blasting into the mountains as some of the newly finished apartment buildings clearly abut the mountainous boundaries.

Then one day I discovered the source of the booms.  A large crane raised a large and obviously heavy pile driver.  The Chinese version of a pile driver looks a bit different than those I've seen from the western world, but evidently no less effective.  

The pile driver is targeted over a specific spot.  With a metallic snap, the driver is released.  The object falls silently, but there is an impressive explosive sound as it slams its target further into the ground.  And the ground shakes.  The process is repeated time and time again.

The Hammer Falls
© Mark Eaton

When several cranes are in operation simultaneously, it sounds as if a giant is walking unsteadily across the land.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Canal and the Springs in Jinan

The blast furnace known as Jinan, which is the capital of Shandong Province in China, has more than seventy springs.  Many of those springs feed the large canal that flows through the city.

Residents of Jinan often visit the springs at the canal to haul up freshwater from the springs.  The water then is poured into jugs and large water bottles.  

© Mark Eaton

Fetching Spring Water
© Mark Eaton

The canal is lined by weeping willows, and it is large enough for boats to navigate.  A reader will note that the large view of the canal in Jinan shows the polluted air that casts an interesting light over the entire region of the province. 

Tour Boats
© Mark Eaton