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AEC - Abundant Eight Creative
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ABOUT WORLD VISION LOGO: You will see the World Vision logo on this site, and we want to let you know we use it with their permission. AEC has entered into a type of agreement called a 'commercial co-venture project' (or 'cause marketing') with World Vision in which 20% of all sales will be donated to World Vision programs specifically in the countries pictured and for specific purposes very dear to our hearts, as detailed below. In addition, sales from www.heather-kirk.artistwebsites.com using the COUPON CODE: YAKXBK will also benefit programs in one of these countries.

WHAT WE BELIEVE: Abundant Eight Creative (AEC) is an art company using photography to change the world - literally and very specifically. We believe every person has the right to live a life free of oppression, whether it is by the hand of others, by the circumstances of poverty, or by something as out of their control as the land or family or culture of their birth...and in many situations their gender. We also believe that it is incumbent upon all of humankind to work toward delivering others from oppression of every kind. When we work towards the liberty of others we also free ourselves.

ABOUT OUR NAME: In many Asian cultures, the number eight is associated with wholeness, the openness of possibilities. Buddhists believe that the number eight represents completion, possibilities and an overall positive sign. We note this because a large number of the art pieces here will show the Buddha, since this is a large part of the culture in the countries photographed, and temples play a big role in what tourists / people on vacation go to see while in Asia. In Chinese the number eight sounds like the words for fortune and prosperity, therefore the number 888 is the same (but multiplied or strengthened - triple fortune). Eight is used in Feng Shui analysis (an Asian form of architectural and interior layout or design) to develop positive energies inside of homes and buildings. The number eight is also very significant in the practice of I Ching, the Book of Changes. Eight represents heaven, the symbolic role of the father in a family, focus, and energy that is creative, dynamic and active.

In Christian numerology (still a part of Greek Orthodox church), the number 888 represents Jesus, or sometimes more specifically Christ the Redeemer.

In the personal belief system of Abundant Eight Creative, a Bible verse that applies to the goals of this site as well as the 'Abundant Eight' concept is John 10:10, 'The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).'

DONATING 20% TO INTERVENE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND TO PROVIDE SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: Here you will find beautiful images from the countries of Thailand and Cambodia, and the island of Bali (in the country of Indonesia). The photos represent many popular and attractive travel destinations in these countries of Southeast Asia. 20% of sales of images and products from this Gallery will be donated to World Vision Programs. The photos from Bali support Small Business Loans for Women in Indonesia. And the photography from Thailand and Cambodia will support programs in each country that intervene in and prevent human trafficking and sexual slavery, especially of children. Human trafficking is a serious crime that affects men, women and children around the world. It involves putting or keeping someone in an exploitative situation, usually for profit. Exploitation can involve situations including forced or debt-bonded labor, child labor, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude or armed conflict. Millions of children — most of them girls — are enslaved in the global sex trade today.

THAILAND: Bangkok is a metropolis and popular tourist site within Thailand because of the high concentration of Wats (Buddhist Temples), government buildings and Royal Palaces.

CAMBODIA: Angkor Wat is the name of one particular temple in Cambodia that is one of the largest Hindu temples, and one of the only two temples dedicated to Brahma, in the world. Angkor Wat is also World Heritage site and the name of a far reaching complex that is full of Buddhist and Hindu temples (or combinations of the two) and buildings with fascinating and variant architecture over many centuries. Some are fairly well preserved, others need a lot of work, but all are incredibly accessible and archaeologist from around the world are working to rehab the sites. It is accessed from the surprisingly cosmopolitan city of Siem Reap.

BALI: Bali is the only Hindu island within Indonesia, though the type of Hinduism has some Buddhist influences and it's own Balinese culture mixed in. An agrarian society, rice growing is common, which makes for some interesting rice paddies. The island goes from beaches on the coast to tropical forests to volcanic and mountainous regions. A fairly small island, it still takes some time to get around due to these higher altitude regions. The temples are surprisingly different, and a water palace a great find!

 

 

Rambutan and Other Fruit on Floating Market at Damnoen Saduak Thailand by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Besakih The Mother Temple Offerings #3 Vertical by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali Typical Offerings #1 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Besakih The Mother Temple Offerings #1 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Besakih The Mother Temple Offerings #2 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Besakih The Mother Temple Offerings #4 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Child Monks at Killing Fields Memorial of Siem Reap Cambodia #2 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Statues and Stepping Stones at Tirtaganga Water Palace Horizontal #1 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Rice Terrace at Pacuna #4 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Rice Terrace at Pacuna #3 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Rice Terrace at Pacuna #1 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Tellalag Bali Indonesia Rice Terrace #1 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Terraced Rice Paddies #1 on Road to Agung and Besakih Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

The Waters at Tanah Lot #1 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Bali - Pura Batu Bolong at Tanah Lot #1 Vibrant by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Tanah Lot Color Fade by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Tanah Lot Black and White Fade by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

White and Purple Lotus Flowers at Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Waterlily Shadow of Perfection by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

One Point Five Water Lilies by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Just Opening Purple Waterlily with White - Vertical by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Just Opening Purple Waterlily - Square by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Water Lily with Bangkok Backdrop Vertical by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Broom Stand by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Golden Mount Overseeing Buddha in the Storm Clouds by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Gold Bell and Birds Nests at the Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Full Double Buddha at the Golden Mount Vertical by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Five Small Golden Mount Bells by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Chedi Statue at the Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Buddhas's Left Hand at the Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Buddha's Right Hand at the Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Buddha Statue in the Mist at Base of Stairs Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Buddha Face Under an Umbrella at the Golden Mount by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Tellalag Bali Indonesia Rice Terrace Number One by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Classic Angkor Wat Silhouette and Reflection at Sunrise by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Wat Arun Under Construction from Chao Phraya River Number 2 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

The chedi at Wat Prayun Wongsawat Number 2 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Rama III Bridge over the Chao Praya River Number 5 by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

Abundant Eight Creative Logo by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative

 

World Vision Proud Supporter Logo by AEC - Abundant Eight Creative