The Year of the Rooster
The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (春節 in traditional Chinese characters) began on Saturday, 28 January, and will last for fifteen days. 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, and millions of people around the globe are celebrating. According to the website "Your Chinese Astrologer", people born under this sign are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, and honest, among other things.
In accordance with a week that has, shall we say, been very disturbing around the world, I thought some levity might be in order. And since it is The Year of the Fire Rooster, what better way to blog than with rooster images, featuring both constructed and live images.
First, the setups. What would make a hand-made rooster look as if it is in a native environment or a cage? A little feed (popcorn), some wire for coop atmosphere, and an herb or two? Natural light coming from three different directions, courtesy of a greenhouse, provides a variety of options, just as the big lightrooms did in the early days of film. That will do.
hand-blown in Seattle...
carved and painted in Oaxaca...
shaped and painted in Portugal....
metal worked and painted in Seattle...
...and this wooden rooster from southeast Asia
Last but not least, Big Daddy III - the real thing - at Casa Gallina, An Artisan Inn, Taos
Two lovely girls in Beijing will surely tell me one way or another if this is correct but I wanted to wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai or Happy New Year in Mandarin.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image@
Keywords: Blacks Crossing Photography, Chinese New Year, Daryl A. Black, New Mexico, Taos, Year of the Fire Rooster, chickens, crafts, nature, photography, roosters
You made me smile also, that's a good thing. I'm wondering with all these roosters around if you were born in one of these years? I especially like the Oaxacan fellow with snow!
Aren't these photos fun! Gong Xi Fa Cai
If ever a Time existed when the chickens have come home to roost, it is now. Fabulous chicken conscripts in your army of humor, winning the war over bleak....with beaks. See how silly is infectious. Thanks.
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