“Blue lines are the reason why the temple had to shatter”

I’m so fascinated by all the temples and want to put them in all my photos

This post will probably be mostly photos and very few words. But you never know with me. I’m so in love with putting the temples and rocks in my surf photos. It creates this lovely contrast between hard and soft. Also, there’s one song by Massive Attack that I constantly hear in my head when photographing here, it’s the song “Blue Lines” and I just couldn’t figure out the meaning of the line “Blue lines are the reason why the temple had to shatter” in the lyrics. Here it makes all sense, because, the temples by the sea are hit hard by waves year after year and eventually the shatter. Yes, I refer to the waves coming in as blue lines. That’s how they look. Of course this is my interpretation of the line in the song, but I’ve always found that line to be so odd, a bit out of place, in the lyrics. When doing some googling I’ve read that it’s referring to Doctor Who. But I’ve never seen that TV-show, so have no idea about that.

Yes, there they are the soft sea and a surfer coming against the rock temple.
The temple and blue lines.

Most often, I see the reality as photographs. Sounds strange. Or, at least when I’m not in a rush somewhere. I usually think “That would make a pretty/cool/fun photo”, and when I have my camera with me, like this morning and yesterday, I have to force myself to put the camera down. Even after I’ve stored the camera in my bag I still see everything in frames, like in the photo above, the sea and surfers are framed by the temple, trees and the mountain (where the airport is, and more planes are arriving).

But honestly, for me personally, and for everybody who doesn’t like to be surrounded by people all the time, this is a perfect time to visit Bali because it’s quiet and you get to have some places all to yourself. Like when I visited the Uluwatu temple, I was almost there by myself.

Trinity – water, surfer and rock temple.

It can be quite annoying, at least afterwards when you’re editing photos, when the weather changes. And when there’s this much water in the pictures it’s even more annoying since water is a reflective surface. Or, sometimes the weather and light are ok, like when Coxos finally happened after I’d been waiting for a month and gotten bitten by a dog meanwhile, and for a short minute the light is amazing and everything looks beautiful and you just want it to continue forever. But it never does. And still, I was there, got to capture it with my camera. So, in the photos above, the sun came out and the fog disappeared.

But there’s not only surfers on the beach, there’s so much going on. Like this, soccer with a beach volley ball.
Woman watching, and cheering, the beach volley ball game going on.

Maybe I’ve run out of words. And also, I was out yesterday with my camera so I’m mentally in those photos already. What I will do with those, how I will edit and present them. So, have to save my words.

Batu Bolong surfing

  1. Oh, just to add, of course it’s my interpretation of the line in the song “Blue Lines” but I’ve always found that line to be so odd, a bit out of place, in the lyrics. When doing some googling I’ve read that it’s referring to Doctor Who. But I’ve never seen that TV-show, so have no idea about that.

      1. Hahaha I get that. Atleast with this kind of technology you can always go back and make amendments, corrections and whatnot although that’s only IF we remember 👍😂😂

  2. Yes. And you must have also noticed the various shades of blue in seas. In your captures it seems like turqouise. You will be horrified to know that the sea in Bandra, Mumbai is absolutely brown in colour due to pollution. I was because I was looking for a shade of blue..

    1. Oh, that’s horrible! Did the colour of the water improve during the pandemic, I’m thinking of since there was a bit less pollution. I heard that the air was better in Delhi. It’s interesting to read about the work that organizations are doing in India to improve the environment, like trying to make the Ganga to a person so it would be illegal to throw garbage in it. Regarding my photos, I usually take them in sunny weather and the water also acts as a mirror to the sky, so the colour of the water is often a reflection of the sky. And sometimes the waves rips up sand from the bottom of the sea and that is visible in the colour of the water, sometimes it almost looks like gold.

  3. Terrific presentation and photography <3 <3. I like how you also pointed out that there is more happening on the beach on this occasion than the typical sea and surf. You also said a whole lot of other things like how you see reality in photographs and how it was hard for you to put your camera down because of how you see things in frames and saw alot of great things to capture 🙌🙌😇
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    "Yes, I refer to the waves coming in as blue lines. That’s how they look. Of course this is my interpretation of the line in the song"

    It might be an accurate or inaccurate interpretation of the line in the original song, but think your initial opinion is a very cool way of looking at the contrast between the sea and rocks 👌💯😄.
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    "like when Coxos finally happened after I’d been waiting for a month and gotten bitten by a dog"

    please be careful, try not to get bitten by any more dogs 💯🙌🤭😄

      1. Hahaha the dangers of being a photographer 😂. I guess it’s ok to be chased by dogs so long as you are not bitten 🤭🤣.

        I remember being chased by dogs when I was a kid hahaha. It never happend again after that but it was hilarious now that I look back at it 😆😁😂. I think that’s what untimately made me a great athelete LOL

      2. At least you got some benefits from being chased by dogs 😉 that’s not always the case. Got a quite deep scar on my arm that I’ll think be there forever.

      3. Wow I am sorry to hear that 😲😢. That’s definitely not a fun thing to experience.
        You are right, most encounters of that nature with dogs usually have pretty serious outcomes. I was fortunate that I was only seconds away from my house at the time I was being chased, but in the heat of the moment, it felt like I was running forever 🤣🤣

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