Building Art Series: ‘Great Buddha’ & ‘Kutna Hora Ossuary’ by Photographer Rob Tilley

Great Buddha | Photograph | Artist: Rob Tilley | Location: L3 Hallway (near restroom)

When asked what intrigued him to capture the image Great Buddha in the way he did, Rob Tilley responded: “…It is often said that the eyes are a window into a person’s soul. I think focusing on just a small portion of the Buddha allows the viewer to visualize what the rest of this impressive artwork looks like.” He further states: ” Often what is left out of an image is just as important as what is included.”

Kutna Hora Ossuary | Photograph | Artist: Rob Tilley | Location: L2 Hallway (near restroom)

Great Buddha and Kutna Hora Ossuary are both visually compelling images, and Rob gives kudos to the art committee for selecting these two pieces for Seattle Unity’s new building, as both convey a sense of spirituality. He finds that “A photographer’s greatest challenge is to create order out of chaos…. I strive to create images that are graphically bold and simple, as well as emotionally moving, creating a bond between the subject and the viewer. I also enjoy using the visual impact of color in relation to all of our senses. Color, texture, patterns and design are all musicians that pull at the strings of our emotions.”

Great Buddha was taken in Japan, where Rob spent a total of 15+ years, becoming enamored with Japanese aesthetics and adopting its very minimalist “less is more” philosophy in his photography.

Rob Tilley with Great Buddha. Photo by Chieko (Susan) Brower.

Kutna Hora Ossuary was taken at the Church of St. Barbara in Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage site. He composed the image “…to emphasize the symmetry and fine workmanship of this extraordinary architectural space.”

In both images, and indeed throughout his portfolio, Rob masterfully meets his stated goal: “I hope my images reveal the astonishing beauty and patterns that are often overlooked in places both near and far.”

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Great Buddha and Kutna Hora Ossuary by Rob Tilley are located respectively on Levels 3 and 2 in the hallways near the restrooms.