Image by photographer Glennis Siverson,

This was captured at a park in Beijing, China, where an elderly man had just finished painting watermarks on the sidewalk. In China, there are many people who practice calligraphy in public places, using water as their ink and the ground as their paper. Very large brushes are required and they look a bit like a giant felt tip pen. (For perspective, the characters in this image are about a foot in length.) Although the writing is temporary since the water evaporates, it’s an informal public display of one’s work, and an opportunity to practice calligraphy, which is taught in the schools.

“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Cor 5:7

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  • Robert Baker
    Robert Bakerover 6 years ago

    Very cool. Beijing is a great place to take pictures.

  • savosave
    savosaveover 6 years ago

    interesting image,what are the water marks for?

  • Great question. I added more information in the image descriptor. Thanks for asking. G

    – Glennis Siverson

  • Kurt  Tutschek
    Kurt Tutschekover 6 years ago

    great find, great shot, glennis. quite unusual

  • roybarry
    roybarryover 6 years ago

    Such a fantastic “eye” you have-fantastic work.

  • Thank you, Roy. What a lovely compliment.

    – Glennis Siverson

  • lucin
    lucinover 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. Fascination in your making something permanately beautiful which in reality was fleeting. Come to think of it….all photography is like that! Thanks for that realization. One late to learn. :)

  • Thank you for the wonderful compliment.

    – Glennis Siverson

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