Photographer's Note

Can you guess what this is? The image has been scanned and rotated 90 degrees clockwise... It is the detail of the ceiling and joinery at the top of a red column in one of the areas of the Forbidden Palace in the Forbidden City, the city of the Emperor and his wives. I cannot recall whether I used a flash when taking this image. Why rotated? For two reasons: one can see the painterly and abstract quality of this, very real, ceiling; and when trying to see the correct perspective others can also begin to feel the way I did toward the end of the mid-afternoon. After walking around with my head kinked and neck turned upward when indoors and sunburnt when outdoors, the experience proved a bit of a pain in the neck. Beijing, including the Forbidden city part, is a city of pavements and frames. However, you are free to do a workshop and rotate it back to the original position.

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Additional Photos by Miroslawa Tolloczko (mtolloczko) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 191 W: 26 N: 7] (201)
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