I chose this photo for the theme "Connotation". I have been looking for a use for it for over a year since I shot it. The scene said something to me when I captured it, but I could not really figure it out for a long time.
I knew, when I shot this, the building was some sort of temple from the architectural style and my meager translational abilities. It wasn't until much later that I researched it to find that the sign (in both French and Chinese characters) says "Centre for the Study of Chinese Religions and Beliefs". It was founded in 1990 (in another location, actually) by a group of Vietnamese Boat People who risked their lives on the seas and believe they owe their gratitude to the Empress of Heaven, the principle diety enshrined at this temple.
The connotation here lays in my title for the image. In modern times, religion is relegated to an afterthought by so many - present company included, I must admit. I was raised by agnostics, so I probably won't find religion important until I meet God or His representative at the Pearly Gates or underworldly alternative. The scene here includes the person of Asian descent passing by the doors of the temple on the way from the market in apparent disregard for the building they are passing, representing the connotation, or second meaning of Modern Religion, or no real religion at all.
Perhaps I am off-base with this photograph and my description of it, but I am just happy that I finally found a reason to show it.
After I did my research on this place, I was sorry I did not take advantage of the open door, which has a connotation all it's own...