Did you know the world famous temple Wat Pho predates Bangkok? When King Rama I moved the capital city across the river from Thonburi to its present location on the north bank, he built his palace next to Wat Photharam. Now universally known as Wat Pho, the temple houses the Reclining Buddha and hundreds of smaller Buddha statues brought from across Thailand by subsequent Thai Kings.
We have added some gorgeous photographs to Lightspell Gallery - Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Since I specialize in Buddhist and Thai imagery I thought a beautiful print from San Lak Mueang would be a good way to start the year. It is tradition that Thai people pay respect and pray for good fortune for the forthcoming year at the City Pillar Shrine. I was there yesterday, 4th January, and it was very crowded. Fortunately it was much quieter a few weeks ago when I visited for photography.
"Six Buddha Meditation" was taken at San Lak Muang, a shrine that contains Bangkok's original acacia wood City Pillar. In Thai language the wood is known as "chaiyapreuk," tree of victory. It was put in place on 21 April 1782 by King Rama I to establish Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand, and the beginning of the Chakri Dynasty.
The "Six Buddha Meditation" print is available in a range of sizes as a bright Lumachrome print front mounted under TruLife acrylic glass to give the color and detail interesting depth. Every print is signed by James Patrick.
As of January 2022 we are adding photographic artwork to the Lightspell Fine Art Galleries. We are delighted with the new Buddhist imagery which has come out as well as we could have possibly wished.
Samatha ~ Tranquility shows Bangkok's largest Buddha against a brilliant blue sky.
"Bejewelled Buddha", Wat Saket, is another outstanding image of Lord Buddha. Kept on the upper floor of the Golden Mount which overlooks the old city of Bangkok, Rattakosin island.
Golden Buddha Phutthamonthon is one of the most elegant statues of Buddha and a personal favourite of mine.
New Promayarn Buddha, Wat Saket, Bangkok.
Further Unique and Limited Edition prints will be added to Buddha, Temples, and Nature with new categories to follow including Beach & Sea, Landscape, and Provinces. This page will be updated as the artwork is added.
Coming soon - "After Sunset, Wat Arun" Limited Edition, 1 of 10 prints.
If you prefer black and white, have you seen our classic Lightspell Black & White Edition prints? To start the year we have added some magnificent architectural portraits of some of Bangkok's best known buildings.
Please note that where the prints are marked, "2 of 3" we have retained one print to enter into international photograph competitions in 2022. This leaves two prints to purchase.