Tormas are offerings made of flour and butter used, among all, in Buddhist rituals. During my travels in Bhutan I always wanted to photograph them but common tourists like me are not allowed to take pictures of interiors of Bhutanese temples. So although I participated, as a spectator, in several ceremonies the camera stayed in its bag.
An unexpected opportunity presented itself for a brief moment at the Zhabdrung Kuchoe festival in Jakar Dzong. When celebrations came to an end I lingered for a long while in the courtyard to watch the monks tidy up and managed to take a snap of this novice carrying three beautiful tormas.
Not all tormas are this colourful and skillfully made. In WS I posted a photo of a homemade offering I took in remote village of Sakteng in the Himalaya. Unfortunately it had been nibbled by birds before I managed to photograph it...
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KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-07-26 11:20
A very interesting shot, and colorful, too :)
Your note is very helpful so we understand why this capture is a big deal for you -- congratulations on finally getting it!
My only suggestion here would be to crop out the green drapes on the left side.
That frees up your main subject to have more movement and direction, and helps keep the focus on him and the towering tomas, instead of the green drapes framing. There is a lot going on in this shot, and the artwork, both ancient and the new edible kind, should get as much attention as possible, along with the monk.
Otherwise, nicely seen and a great grab!
jjcordier (75054) 2013-07-26 22:37
Tu as su saisir l'opportunité pour saisir cette scène intéressante et cette belle offrande....dont il ne reste plus grand chose quelques instants plus tard!
krzychu30 (15440) 2013-07-27 1:17
swietnie,ze udalo ci sie zrobic zdjecie przynajmniej przed swiatynia.Sam temat zdjecia jest interesujacy,a z pomoca twojej notki mozemy sie czegos nowego nauczyc o tym odleglym kraju i kulturze.
Dobrze skadrowana i uchwycona scena.
Podoba mi sie rowniez twoje drugie zdjecie zamieszczone w WS.
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
timecapturer (47282) 2013-07-28 2:50
a beautifully captured shot that is so colourful and full of interesting elements and detail. A glimpse of a more relaxed moment in proceedings and perfectly executed. As for the drapes? well I think without them the image would lose its impact and that feeling of witnessing something that most would not experience. Love the originality and creative presentation. Excellent!
Wishing you a pleasant Sunday - Brian.
dkmurphys (48030) 2013-07-28 6:48
Very attractive scene from their daily activities. Simple and beautiful, good catch.
rychem (21511) 2013-07-29 8:53
Bardzo oryginalne i dekoracyjne, nie znam tej kultury i z ciekawością patrzę, dobre reportażowe zdjęcie
holmertz (39337) 2013-07-29 12:43
You got a delightful chance to take this rare photo and had to grab the moment. That explains why this picture is more of a snapshot, with some imperfections, than the skilfully planned compositions that you usually show us. The charm of the snapshot, like the novice watching his step carefuly, clearly outweighs the fact that the monks behind him are half obscured. This picture shows a lot of fine details and tells us a bit of life in the monastery.
Silvio1953 (119373) 2013-07-31 10:10
Ciao Kasia, great view of fantastic cerimony, lovely and interestng shoot, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (5784)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-01
- Categories: Festivals, Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon D700
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-26 10:25