The Gates of Harmonious Interest by Wendi Donaldson

The Gates of Harmonious Interest by 

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Long Description:
The Gate of Harmonious Interest, or Tong Ji Men, was erected in 1981. It was built in China and is modeled after typical gates there. Both the Chinese and non-Chinese communities worked together to have this gate installed over Fisgard Street. Two inscriptions allude to this cooperative effort: “To work together with one heart” and “To help each other achieve harmony.”
It is a most interesting structure in terms of Chinese cultural symbolism. It’s overall theme is Unity in Duality. This theme is seen in the Gate’s treatment of the Golden Dragon, a Yang element, and the Red Phoenix, a Yin element. Red symbolizes joy and festivity while gold symbolizes wealth and prosperity. These colours-together with touches of Qing (a blue-green colour), which is symbolic of growth and peace-represents the harmony of the elements. In particular, the red and gold represent the union of heaven and earth.
There are bells hung from the corner of the gate. When these chime in the wind, Buddhists and Taoists believe they ward off evil spirits. On either side of the gate are two lions, who act as guardians protecting Chinatown. The female lion on the right side and the male on the left again signify the balance of Yin and Yang. It is an impressive opening to one of the oldest and complete Chinatowns in Canada.
There are 2 time capsules located here with one at the base of each main support and the gate is well lit at night.

Featured in:
Canadian Artists, June 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
fl 105.0mm
1/40 sec.
ISO 100
Single RAW file

Wendi is a fine art photographer currently living on the west coast of Canada. Her work has been published internationally in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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  • AndyGii
    AndyGiialmost 3 years ago

    You have kept a nice oriental feel to this with your processing

  • Thanks Andy….. it’s the oldest Chinatown in Canada. A sweet place! :) Pleased you found it.

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 3 years ago

    Like a crazy cartoon ;-) Well processed Wendi.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • :) Thanks Derek!! I’m toying with you! :)

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 3 years ago

    It looks like China Town in Liverpool , lovely shot Wendi x

  • Very cool….thanks Irene!!! :)

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 3 years ago

    fabulous capture

  • Delighted you stopped by!! Thank you!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • sedge808
    sedge808almost 3 years ago

    very cool.

  • Thanks…. we have the oldest Chinatown in Canada…. it’s small but quaint!! :)

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on June 12 2012 for the Architecture and Structure Theme!

  • Wow….two at once….a wonderful honour…many thanks once again to you Marilyn!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsalmost 3 years ago

    Love the pp work, looks so unique, Wendi.

  • Thank you kindly V….. was a bit of fun for me! :)

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • carboneye
    carboneyealmost 3 years ago

    Very informative explanation Wendi, and your photo certainly emphasizes well the essential element’s of the gate, nice:}

  • Thank you so much for stopping by!! Truly appreciate your observations! :) and the fave!

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walteralmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture & processing.

  • Thanks heaps, Lucinda…and thanks for the fave too! :)

    – Wendi Donaldson

  • londonstimes
    londonstimes6 months ago

    Amazing work Wendi! A+++++++++

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