Alms for the Dead

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© Ben Collins
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Photo Info
UploadedJune 29, 2008
TakenFebruary 18, 2008
Exposure1/160 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length40 mm
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Faith to me strikes at the core of human beings. Everyone has faith in something, worships something, believes something--and these assumptions, beliefs and values shape every aspect of our lives.

(In this photo, the dead are reaching up from Hades to beg for gifts from the living. One of the most eerie sculptures I have ever seen. Taken at a Buddhist temple near Chiang Rai, Thailand.)

63 responses

  • Gary Hughes

    Gary Hughes gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    nice composition!

  • tam

    tam said (29 Jun 2008):

    this is so the earth is making its plea

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    this is such an awesome shot =]

  • Ray Kenn

    Ray Kenn gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    Eyecatching, makes you look twice and then the message sinks in.

  • lauren smith

    lauren smith said (2 Jul 2008):

    this one will probally bring nightmeres.

  • Robin Smith

    Robin Smith gave props (6 Jul 2008):

    Wow! amazing pic

  • Amy Godwin

    Amy Godwin gave props (8 Jul 2008):

    What can i say? Love this!

  • Trish Meyer

    Trish Meyer (Deleted) gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Very evocative.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Cool entry.

  • Julie Norris

    Julie Norris gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Great shot, very moving when you stop to think about it. Well done.

  • Jacob Grant

    Jacob Grant gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Love this!

  • Ken McElroy

    Ken McElroy gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    This sculpture is an amazing piece of art and your capture is superb at capturing it's power.

  • *Tim Needles

    *Tim Needles gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Love it

  • Natalie S

    Natalie S gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    Incredible sculpture - beautiful photo

  • -m

    -m gave props (11 Jul 2008):

    blazing image!! very nice shot!

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (11 Jul 2008):


  • azstarman

    azstarman gave props (12 Jul 2008):

    Very nice compostion. Certainly invokes feelings.

  • Jose Vásquez

    Jose Vásquez said (13 Jul 2008):


  • Jesse Millan

    Jesse Millan said (14 Jul 2008):


  • aurelio laloni

    aurelio laloni (Deleted) gave props (22 Jul 2008):

    powerful capture!

  • Craig Fraizer

    Craig Fraizer gave props (23 Jul 2008):

    love the POV here!

  • Janice Mezzacappa

    Janice Mezzacappa (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2008):

    Awesome shot!!

  • Trish

    Trish gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Interesting shot. Definitely eery...

  • Scott Korn

    Scott Korn gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    That is so cool

  • Craig Bortmas

    Craig Bortmas gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    Beautiful. those hands are so expressive.

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (26 Jul 2008):

    solid photo of a striking piece of art. well chosen pov. nice words.

  • hilbert go

    hilbert go gave props (28 Jul 2008):

    wow. you can see the desperation on those hands. nice shot

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    Your image captures such deep emotion. Great job!

  • Lucian Bistreanu

    Lucian Bistreanu gave props (29 Jul 2008):


  • Amelia (amy) Quicke

    Amelia (amy) Quicke gave props (30 Jul 2008): captured the spirit of this sculpture

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (30 Jul 2008):

    Downright wierd! but amazingly cool shot! Nice work.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (3 Aug 2008):

    I really like this one!! Another favorite for me!

  • Christophe Le Canne

    Christophe Le Canne gave props (4 Aug 2008):

    Great picture !

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (6 Aug 2008):

    Wonderful moving in many ways.

  • James Spicer

    James Spicer said (7 Aug 2008):

    Got my vote!

  • Micci Shannon

    Micci Shannon gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    Wow. Got my vote!

  • Liisa Roberts

    Liisa Roberts said (9 Aug 2008):

    I love the intensity of the reaching hands. Beautiful shot.

  • Eric Finster

    Eric Finster (Deleted) gave props (14 Aug 2008):

    Stunning image, perfect detail, composition, content and controll, got my vote!

  • Theo Veenstra

    Theo Veenstra said (25 Aug 2008):

    Just beautiful. I would like to use for my site )the Dutch Natural Death Center at if you would allow me, of course :) Any additional info would be greatly appreciated.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2008):

    Very powerful, excellent...

  • Nancy Morris

    Nancy Morris gave props (3 Sep 2008):

    It makes you stop and look twice. What a thought-provoking image! Love it

  • Trish Meyer

    Trish Meyer (Deleted) said (3 Sep 2008):

    Back to vote. Still one of my "favourite favourites".

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Sep 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2008):

    This is amazing!!!

  • Clare Wise de Wet

    Clare Wise de Wet gave props (18 Nov 2008):

    Clearly you are a very talented young man - this just typifies your work! Excellent

  • Jacob Rumsey

    Jacob Rumsey gave props (19 Jan 2009):


  • Bob Douglas

    Bob Douglas gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    This is my favorite from your collection. It says so much with so little.

  • Candace Porth

    Candace Porth gave props (26 Jan 2009):

    Your work is great and it seems as though you are living life to its fullest. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (18 Feb 2009):

    Amazing sculpture and photo of it.

  • Paul Bate

    Paul Bate (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2009):

    Amazing shot, great composition.

  • Merlin Peck

    Merlin Peck (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2009):

    You captured the essence of this unique sculpture. Perfect composition.

  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) gave props (18 Feb 2009):


  • jonathan wolf

    jonathan wolf gave props (6 Jun 2009):


  • syana lnaya

    syana lnaya (Deleted) said (9 Jun 2009):

    "Wat Rong khun" Chiang Rai, Thailand

  • Courtney Cheatham

    Courtney Cheatham gave props (21 Oct 2009):

    this is stunning. such emotion. such a story. well done!

  • Mark Williams

    Mark Williams gave props (23 Oct 2009):

    -truly remarkable-

  • Adam Reilly

    Adam Reilly said (9 Mar 2010):


  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (9 Mar 2010):

    Very interesting shot,....great composition.

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    Awesome find!


    KAREN HARDING gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    Brilliant shot. K

  • R G

    R G said (1 Apr 2010):

    great shot...!! and an amazing concept!

  • Angel Arocho

    Angel Arocho said (2 Apr 2010):

    Amazing shot !

  • Francesco Sisso

    Francesco Sisso gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    Powerful capture!!!

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