What a fantastic shot!... I couldn't realize at first glance!... Like bushwood but not !.. Congratulations Yosuke Kashiwakura!...
With the explanation I now know what it is. All I really see now is a man who appears to be trying to save himself from being crushed. Perhaps I am glad I can't make out the rest of the seething mass.
My first impression was weeds under a boardwalk. Now that it has been explained it looks like "weeds under a boardwalk".
My first impression was of an old painting,defused but still a 'wow' factor. Now I see and know just what it is, thanks to Lawrence Sibley . Great photography as is with all shots I have seen so far.
Maybe since this is a site that is dedicated to "geography" it would be a good idea to indicate the location which is Okayama. That being said, I must add that I don't get that photo to much.
At midnight, the Saidai-ji Temple is plunged into darkness, and 9,000 men in loin cloths struggle to take possession of the pair of 20 cm sacred wooden batons. He who prevails is blessed with a year of happiness, prosperity and fertility. This strange ritual has endured for half a millennia.
The festival doesn't take place on the winter solstice, but today is the beginning of the seasonal cycle of winter - marking the moment when the autumnal descent into darkness begins to reverse, with the promise inherent in that of the return of nature's life force. It's a time to contemplate the spiritual foundations of our existence.
In this profound image, the mass of humanity struggles in darkness and chaos, but a circle of light is emerging in their midst. In the heart of each individual, the wish to be blessed burns like a flame in the darkness.
Then you're not alone; I can't either. Is this time lapse? It looks like the lowest level of an abandoned parking garage. Seriously, is this even the right photo for the caption?
@Lawrence Sibley I was surprised to read that your story. I really appreciate you.