The intricate curves and ornate details on a row of brass lanterns from a temple in Nara, Japan.
The metallic golden lanterns hung row by row ablaze in the day’s setting sun. Their shiny surfaces cast in a deep contrast between fading light and growing shadows. The shadows seeped into the cracks and hid behind ornaments, edging out the day, allowing the intricate details of these brass shells to be photographed in astounding detail. The tiny swooping curves, small elaborate flowers, miniatures dents and rivets all hammered and etched into the surface. Ornate and decorative handles, buttons, and knobs; smooth and precise incisions that made each lantern in the row a unique and beautiful piece of art. The details simultaneously simple and lavish lacked the precision of machinery; these slightly off-center, asymmetrical, lines not level, rows not straight betray their artisan origins. However these tiny details do not diminish the beauty but enhanced it. Unique and distinct the bold brass lanterns burned in the setting sun.