THE GOLDEN ROCK
‘The Golden Rock’ is a unique photograph by the fine art travel photographer & journalist Ben Mckechnie. It depicts Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, otherwise known as the Golden Rock, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar (Burma). The scene features men praying and rubbing sheets of gold leaf onto the rock while two Buddhist monks watch over them.
“Legend has it that the Golden Rock is balanced on a strand of the Buddha’s hair, which is the only thing preventing gravity from having its way. Another explanation for the Golden Rock’s ability to defy gravity is that long ago, a Buddhist priest impressed the celestial king with his abstinence from earthly pleasures, and the celestial king used his powers to carry the rock to its current mountain-top location, specifically selecting the boulder because of its resemblance to the priest’s head. I think I prefer the strand of Buddha’s hair explanation – what about you?” — Ben Mckechnie
Camera & lens: Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 24–105 mm f4 L lens
‘The Golden Rock’ is printed on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta paper (325 gsm) with UltraChrome K4 inks from Epson. It measures 67 x 100 cm. Only one edition will be sold.
Ben will sign and number this photograph and accompanying certificate of authenticity by hand. The story behind the work will be included as well. Dimensions represent the full paper size, including a 3 cm (1.2 inch) white border for framing. Ben reserves the right to produce one Artist Proof of this photograph.