While walking in the Glodok district of Jakarta, I came to a place I have been before. I came in front of a Chinese temple called Jin De Yuan, which I had visited a few days ago.
When I walked in front of the temple grounds, I saw a birdcage on the side of the road. I hadn't seen it before. There were too many small birds to be counted inside the cage, which was made of a wooden frame with wire mesh. They all looked like the same kind of bird. What kind of birds were they?
I don't know what kind of birds they are, but I do know what they are used for. They are small birds that are used to release birds. The birds are used in a Buddhist ritual to gain virtue by releasing living things into the wild.
Speaking of which, the last time I visited this temple, there was a bird releasing event taking place on the grounds of this temple. A group of worshippers was releasing birds from the baskets and taking photos of each other. I wasn't sure if it was for virtue or just to capture a photo-worthy moment, but it's true that a number of small birds were released into the sky.
I'm sure these birds will be released into the sky soon too. However, when I think about it, the act of releasing the birds into the sky is a kind of emotional pornography, because it was a deliberate act to capture them. After all, it seems to be something that is done only for human self-gratification.
November 6, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF