Malaysia   |  2021

Silver Winner

Fusion of Martial Art and Nature

Photographer

Lee Ching Kai

Category

Special Category - Minimalism Photography

Company

Lee Ching Kai

Submission Group

Professional

The series focuses on the fusion of taekwondo movements and forces of nature. "PUNCH" This image focuses on the shape of ‘punch’ which looks like the seed, and the punch has a yellow background. This means the white and yellow belt in taekwondo. Yellow signifies the first beam of sunlight shining on the seed. The seed has a dark background, signifying a new learner. "SINGLE KNIFE HAND BLOCK" This image focuses on the shape of ‘single knife hand block’ which resembles the sprout, and the block has a green background. As a yellow belt student advances, he gets the green belt. Green signifies the growth of the seed as it sprouts. The sprout has a brighter background, signifying a growing learner. "SPEAR HAND STRIKE" This image focuses on the shape of ‘spear hand strike’ which looks like the leaf, and the spear has a blue background. Blue signifies the blue sky as the plant continues to grow and starts to have leaves. A blue belt student moves up in rank, just like the plant which grows taller. The leaf has an even brighter background, signifying a more knowledgeable learner. "OUTER FOREARM INWARD BLOCK" The image focuses on the shape of ‘outer forearm inward block’ which looks like the branch, and the block has a red background, which means the red belt after the blue belt. Red signifies the red-hot heat of the sun as the plant continues to grow and start to have thick branches. The branch has a bright background, signifying a mature learner. "TURNING KICK" The image focuses on the shape of the ‘turning kick’ which looks like the budding flower, and kick’s background is grayish, which means that a red-belt student advances to get the black belt. Black signifies the darkness beyond the sun. The flower has a very bright background, signifying a fully grown learner who can now teach his disciples. As I start learning Taekwondo since I was twelve, I am able to fathom out the wonder of the juxtaposition of martial art and the Mother Nature, and it helped me grow as a person.

Credits

Lee Ching Kai
Professional
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Category

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Category

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Category

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Category

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