A Virgin Mary statue perched atop tidal rocks on White Beach in Boracay, Philippines
A small tribe of rocks huddle together near the now non-existent Pumping Station One, near the North end of White Beach. They “mar” what is an otherwise pristine expansive of white sand, blue seas, and foamy surf curling up the coast. However, these rocks are “allegedly” this small island’s most photographed site, due to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Virgin Mary who blesses the beach from atop her craggy pedestal. Her existence unbeknownst to me, I leisurely walked up the coast approaching the throng of people wondering why the crowd had gathered. She held court with a bright red and tattered flag waving in and being pulled apart, thread by thread, by the strong off-season winds, and a barren and scraggy dead tree who’s ancient roots were all that was preventing it from falling into the sea and becoming driftwood, a testament to their strength or the undyingness of our lord, or not symbolic at all. I caught the scene at low tide and chose to de-saturate the color from the photo during editing, I thought it gave her a more serious and haunting look that would linger, and complimented the given surroundings (jagged rock and dead wood), as opposed to a bright and sunny image that, upon a Google Image Search, is revealed in the thousands.
Camera: Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens