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13 December 2012
Providence, Rhode Island
This is another photo from the same location in Roger Williams Park as that of the last two days. The statue is of Sri Chinmoy, an artist, poet, spiritual leader, and athlete from what is now Bangladesh. (It was part of India when he was born in 1931.) The location of the statue near the Park Avenue entrance is appropriate given the solitude and peaceful setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the opposite end near the zoo and carousel.
Whether or not these statistics are accurate - and some are hard to believe - remains unproven, but Chinmoy's followers state that he wrote over 1500 book, and composed 115,000 poems and 20,000 songs. He is also said to have created over 200,000 paintings. If these statistics are true, he would likely have had little time to do anything else in life, so it's highly likely that there is excessive exaggeration in the numbers. Regardless, he was noted for a deep spirituality that transcended many religious beliefs, and for 37 years he directed spiritual meditations for the staffers and ambassadors of the United Nations in New York. That he now has a memorial in a park named after founder of religious freedom in Rhode Island is most appropriate.
Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz Adjust. From there I adjusted the color sensativity sliders, as well as adaptive exposure, contrast, boost black, boost white, and protect highlights. In PSE I added an overall levels adjustment, then adjusted the levels of just the sky. A deep blue filter was also added to the sky and the layer was then desaturated. A sepia photo filter is the top layer.