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Glorious evening, Dili, Timor Leste

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Comments (10)

Juan Jo. Andújar on March 21, 2008

It strikes me figure (possibly a Christ) at the top of the rocks. Greetings, Juan.

Ian Stehbens on March 21, 2008

Yes, John, it is intended as an image of Christ. I believe it was built by the Indonesian Government during the Suharto era, in order to woo the people of Catholic Timur Timor. In the end they jilted the wooer and chose at great cost, the way of independence. Brasil and Timor Leste are both part of the Portuguese speaking world, and this certainly harks of Rio, too.

Another large monument that was built earlier was the Integration Monument declaring Indonesian Rule. It is like others in Jakarta, Ambon, Bali etc and depicts a Timorese in traditional costume breaking chains (of colonialism). It was located on the city waterfront.

Thanks for taking an interest in Timor Leste, Juan.


Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2008

Beautiful photo as the pink clouds draw our eyes toward the monument! Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on April 2, 2008

Your appreciation is my joy, Marilyn.


jadransko on April 10, 2008

Amazing atmosphere of place!!!! Greetings from Croatia and Poland! EDITA :)

Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2008

Oh Edita, it is wonderful to become your photographic friend. I am glad that you like this composition and its mood.

Tell me a little more about your self. I ask this for you send greetings from both Croatia and Poland. I presume you are Croatian and live or work in Poland - is that right?

Love to learn from you. May I add your album to my favourites so that I get reminders of your uploads? That will allow me to stay in touch as much as I can.

Friendly greetings from Sydney.. Ian

jadransko on April 10, 2008

Hi Ian, thanks you words too very pleasantly.I am happy that today I discovered your exquisite gallery of pictures!!!So, I am from Croatia and already live in Poland 22 years.I arrived to Warsaw to study at the Academy Of Fine Arts the painting.The photo is only my hobby when he does not paint oil paintings.I am just since October on Panoramio.I live in the exquisite seaside town Zadar in Croatia.I only years there tend to be by the period to visit one's parents.I have Pole husband which it is also the artist the painter and son (13 years).Sorry for my poor english.:)Cheers, EDITA :)

Ian Stehbens on April 10, 2008

Dear Edita,

You are wonderfully gracious to share your life story with me. Thank youu so much. I understand your English perfectly. I have never been to either Croatia or Poland, though one day I am sure I will if I can. Now I must explore Zadar on Google Earth for I am sure it is a delightful and very interesting place, as the coast of Croatia is a beautiful part of the world.

It is also special to have another artist as a Panoramio friend. You obviously know Anita Skinner and that she likes to paint as well occasionally, but do you know Juan Jose Romero who lives in Spain through Panoramio? He has his own website on which he displays his artwork, but in Panoramio he just creates different photographs from most of those of us for whom photography is our main expression. He likes playing with colour.

Thankyou for your cheery greetings, too. Regards to your husband and son as well.


jadransko on April 11, 2008

Hi Ian, some technical problems are since yesterday on Panoramio!!! :(

The mile is to find on related Panoramio artistic souls here!!!I got already to know Anita Skiner and encouraged her she showed her painted paintings.She is the mile very much and pretty the woman!Photos of Juan Jose Romero are amazing!!!!! ...I wish you the nice day. Cheers, EDITA :)

Ian Stehbens on April 11, 2008

Dear Edita,

I am very pleased that you have seem some of Juan Jose's photography. His use of colour, his skill with the macro lens and his approach to cropping are just 3 aspects of his photography that teach me so much.

I look forward to seeing so much more of your art and photography now. I have added your folio into my favourites, to ensure I don't miss out on your new work.


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