Back to Bhutan and Brokpa country after that brief detour to North Korea last week...
Here is a group of kids in the tiny Himalayan village of Merak playing around the altar where offering of burning incense is made to Ama Jumo - the local deity. I was told that they do it every month on the day of full moon.
Not the best of my shots from technical point of view but as it shows an event hardly ever seen by Western visitors, never mind recorded, I thought it may be worth posting it here.
Do not worry about the little hero surrounded by the cloud of smoke. He survived... ;)
In the workshop I included a shot of another, this time urban, example of incense burning. The occasion was a prayer for the future of a business located in an office building nearby. Again, large amounts of incense to burn!
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KristinsCamera (2384) 2013-09-10 14:34
An intriguing shot, Kasia ~
and a great way to illustrate the burning of incense ritual. I like it as it is, but also think it would be a fascinating crop to isolate the boy going up in the smoke, as you have assured us he's fine ;)
btw, that's quite a lot of incense!
daddo (27926) 2013-09-10 16:17
Zdravo Kasia.The little ones in front have a conspiratorial look about them. Cute. The smoke is coming from the burning foliage so I presume it is aromatic?Are these people Buddhist, Hindu or animist?The erect stone reminds me of a lingham. Funny result as the little head could appear as an oracle if the trousers were not so visible. Pozdrawiam. Klaudio.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-09-10 17:16
no need to tell how this photo, or the travel which let you make this photo, makes me red with jealousy. you have lots of interesting elements in here, where of course the head of your surviving hero is the ultimate bonus :)
GiovanniG (3637) 2013-09-10 18:54
Great capture of these children and the head in smoke.
jadesgran (5431) 2013-09-10 21:25
A charming picture of these children who look as though they are scheming something!
Well composed,and the light is handled efficiently.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-09-10 21:35
Kasia, fantastic shot!!playful, joyful,so happy and so natural posing...
marvelous light and great natural color!!
my compliments on the picture and on the note!!
all the best
baclama (18896) 2013-09-10 23:11
les expressions des enfants sont tres bien saisis...
tu as declenché au bon moment...
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-09-11 0:55
dzieciaki mialy chyba frajde nie tylko bawiac sie "ogniem",ale i pozujac do twojego zdjecia.
Efekt koncowy jest naprawde super.Zwlaszcza ten chlopiec z glowa w chmurach:)wyglada rewelacyjnie i sprawia,ze zdjecie nabiera zabawnego charakteru.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i oczywiscie czekam z niecierpliwoscia na nowe zdjecia z Finlandii.
williewhistler (16492) 2013-09-11 1:48
what a lovely shot,you have captured a special moment in time with the children appearing to be surprised by your presence!
A super shot,did you consider just a single shot of the boy amongst the fumes?
Thank you,you have made my day with such a charming photograph.
Kind regards Les.
lousat (97569) 2013-09-11 2:20
Hi Kasia,absolutely beautiful this pic coming from the end of world....the child in the smoke is really original,a magnificent composition taken whit your usual top quality of details and colors,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
macondo (19806) 2013-09-11 6:13
Terrific daily life shot, well cropped. I like the red clothes standing out against the well defined rocks, and of course the humour or the smoke around the boy - at least it is humorous now that we know he is OK! Well done, and a good note.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-09-11 6:19
a fascinating and original shot this. A glimpse of something that is obviously traditional, full of significance and strangely mesmerising. A shot that also proves that children are the same the world over and it is only us grown ups that influence their future lives and prejudices. An image full of impact and appeal. Well done!
Regards - Brian.
holmertz (59118) 2013-09-11 6:46
This is a highly interesting picture showing that smoking doesn't always kill (but it makes your clothes smell). :-)
So maybe this is not your technically best photo but in many ways it is still miles ahead of the TE average, at least for composition, colours and light. And it's always worth showing an event hardly ever seen or recorded by a Westerner.
pyffepa (625) 2013-09-11 7:55
It's so exciting to play with fire. It's still a pleasure for me, the fire is so primitive.
The technical aspects are not all in photography, the content is also very important and in this case you give us so much.
I like the boy in the smoke it makes the particularity of your picture.
Thank you for you interesting picture and note.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-09-11 10:19
At first we only see the 2 little ones at the FG and then discover the 3rd one in the smoke
Just for fun or budhist ritual ? Well, probably both !
have a nice evening, best regards
bukitgolfb301 (45131) 2013-09-11 17:25
Hi dear Kasia
Great image full of thier real life. Very very appealing image, that awakens our vigor. This is your signitured image again.
Thanks a lot for your sharing with nice shot and good note, and have a good day! Takero
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-11 23:41
Une très belle scène de vie de ces enfants himalayens. La composition est excellente. J'aime particulièrement la tête qui émerge de la fumée.
saxo042 (37966) 2013-09-12 8:15
A very nice picture of these playing children and a lot of attraction comes with their red clothes. I wonder what the boy standing in the smoke smelled like afterwards... But the smoke adds a fine diagonal.
ikeharel (78289) 2016-07-31 1:47
Hello Kasia, and thanks for your note. Still more graffiti to be posted, but I am not going to a gallery with them - its not a painting I done, just taken a pictures on the way home.
As for the photo: Besides tradition and the boys who looked as "playing with fire", I noticed the special pose the young-guy, left side in the foreground was standing and chattering with his mate - just like adults plotting some clandestine mission...
The third boy on the higher level, looks as the smoke "enveloped" him all around. Hope he got home safely.
A fine picture from far away country, a moment well caught.
Have a nice Sunday,