I am trying to rediscover my Angkor pictures....
Beautiful pictures of Angkor are a plenty, so are pictures of Buddhist monks in Angkor. These men in saffron has a certain type of magnetic effect on a photographer, perhaps it’s the colour of their robe/dress, often in deeper shades of saffron or even orange....perhaps it is their simple lifestyle and the calmness they personify. Whatever the reason, the camera lens and the photographer’s eye falls in love with these men not only in Angkor but everywhere in SE Asia.
There are so many delightful pictures in this site itself which feature the men in saffron....a few of them have been deeply etched in my memory & I yearned, fascinated as I was, to take photographs like these, before I started for Cambodia. Indeed the monks in their saffron/orange robes offer a touch of colour in the backdrop of the grey stone monument.. As my luck would have it, there were hardly any monks to be sighted in Angkor during that time of the day (when yours truly was there), at least in close proximity. Or is it that I simply do not have the eye to spot them in the ‘correct’ places? Whatever be it, all my hopes of taking ‘pictures of my dreams’ vanished....well almost. I had to satisfy myself with some distant takes…This is one such photograph, my take (albeit a distant one) of the monks; their orange clothes ensure that nobody has to ‘search’ for them in this picture :-)
Resting monks, quenching their thirst, with the three proud ‘disinterested’ stone lions ‘looking the other way’ ;-)
The picture looks almost B&W barring the green of the grass & of course my ‘subjects’.
Angkor Wat has become a major tourist destination: attendance figures for the temple are not published, but in 2004 the country received just over a million international arrivals, of whom, according to the Ministry of Tourism, 57% planned to visit the temple. The influx of tourists has so far caused relatively little damage, other than some graffiti; ropes and wooden steps have been introduced to protect the bas-reliefs and floors, respectively. Tourism has also provided some additional funds for maintenance—approximately 28% of ticket revenues across the whole Angkor site are spent on the temples—although most work is carried out by foreign government-sponsored teams rather than by the Cambodian authorities.
Much of the history of the "Lost city" of Angkor is still a mystery, but Angkor has entered the "Coca Cola" and "Kodak" age, and as Cambodia is becoming more developed, the mystical atmosphere at Angkor will disappear.
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sothy81 (9558) 2006-11-06 22:27
You present Angkor Wat from a really unique angle. Very interesting cloud. I like you include a few monks in the picture. Good work. Sothy
cmoraru (557) 2006-11-06 22:59
Always interesting to see this unique place and your image is from a POV I haven't seen before. Very nice note, a little sad for the Coca Cola story... I hope that's not what the monks are doing. Impressive image, thanks for sharing.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-11-07 0:03
a beautiful image of this wellknown and famous place. I like the two monks on the left. The texture of the old walls is very beautiful. Good colours,
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2006-11-07 0:23
Beautiful. The monks really gave that bit of colours to make the picture very good. I like it. However, I think a bit more space is missing to the left of the monks. Well done.
savask (1891) 2006-11-07 2:00
Yes I love this picture. The orange in that grey dark area is a magnificent idea.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-11-07 2:20
Starange,today talukdar has also posted one at Angkor Wat with monks in orange.First I thoght you were there together.Nice image and clors.
ChrisJ (95080) 2006-11-07 3:30
Good catch of Angkor Wat with excellent sharpness. I like the splash of orange from the monks. Wonderful work & tfs!
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-11-07 3:42
It's good that you are having a relook at your Angkor pictures, I am sure there are lots of little gems like this waiting to be rediscovered. From the thumbnail, I at first look thought you had desatuarated this but this seems to have been 'naturally' desaturated with the grey clouds and the monochromatic Angkor. The green lawns lend some colour but its the monks who really complete the picture with the generous splash of colour. I guess the monks in their bright robe complement Angkor in a very unique way and I was fortunate enough to not only come across quite a few of them but also had the chance to interact with them. I realised being an Indian was a real advantage here and they were so eager to know about our country, about Bodh Gaya and Sarnath which they all admitted dreamt of visting someday.
I guess this is getting too long ....
pablominto (53744) 2006-11-07 3:44
This is a beautiful composition, and I like inclusion of the oragne monks!
Good point of view, not that often seen...
Great details in the ancient structures, and presented in a nice composition!
sam224 (6215) 2006-11-07 3:49
Nice perspective and composition here. The cloudy sky create a nice image and atmosphere here.
Well done. Thanks for sharing.
vincz (19113) 2006-11-07 3:52
Interesting compsoition with the 3 statues and the 2 monks giving the nice touch of colour in this stone world. I thonk one of the issues with monks in Angkor is that they have more and more to hide from ... photographers. When I was there resting in a corner at some point I looked at 2 coming, then immediately I saw lots of people starting to hold there camera and click,click, click... Then they sat and a woman started to setup a tripod wanting to take a picture, which they did not realize at first... It took her a long time and the monks got up before she even clicked. She started to yell at them to go back where they were before so that she can take the picture. I was ashame to be a tourist then... As a result there are no orange monks on my Angkor picture.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-11-07 4:03
Another point of view at the temple. Good and interesting. And the drinking monk adds a charm to the photo ;).
papagolf21 (83986) 2006-11-07 4:07
Votre passion pour l'Asie est communicative. J'admire ce lieu empli de beauté et de richesses spirituelles.
Ces moines formant des taches de couleur font ressortir ces pierres qui ont perdu de leur éclat d'antan.
Une très belle photographie.
pierrefonds (55676) 2006-11-07 7:25
A good POV of Angkour and of the Bhuddist monks in the foreground, a lot of details can be seen. The photo has a good composition, perspective and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-11-07 8:14
That's how I felt when I visited the Angkor. The photographer in me was always looking for monks. I wanted them to be included in my photos. Forgive me for bantering, but that is the effect your Note and photo has on me. A well composed Angkor image. Details and texture are good. Best wishes. Danilo
feather (51130) 2006-11-07 9:12
Another wonderful shot of Angkor Wat. Even though so small the monks catch the eye in their saffron robes. All my shots are on slide that never see the light of day :(
prumod (8300) 2006-11-07 10:52
it's also very nice capture... the background sky and the foreground grassfield has good colors....
josepmarin (57623) 2006-11-07 12:24
the colors and the textures of these old stones of the temple, in contrast to the gray and cloudy sky and the grass, they form a composition with great graphism and many beautiful elements to contemplate in her.
The monks with their dresses give a color touch orange to the set, that I like as breaks the gray atmosphere of background.
jasmis (57824) 2006-11-07 13:35
Interesting lesson of Cambodian culture. Well done, indeed. The photo and the note. Both are amazing. Regards.
Budapestman (82620) 2006-11-07 14:39
This is a fabled shot and very particular place! Details are fascinating and very decorative! Its an effective POV and spectacular composition. This is a very fine and successful shot!
Thank you, nice days
clic (14576) 2006-11-07 15:12
Dramatic clouds add austere amabiance to this old monastery wich seems completely disused.
Nice historic presentation.
Stepan (27210) 2006-11-07 15:18
Interesting cropping to have this orange spot in this grey ocean... It seems there is a strange statue too ? Whatver, a good shot.
emjleclercq (15780) 2006-11-07 16:46
There are nevertheless a few monks on the left side, for the sake of the little touch of color. I like the statues of horses like animals at the beginning of the stairs, although they are a bit small in the picture. A good sharp pciture, but a bit deserved by the grey sky.
All the best,
prezntime (3946) 2006-11-07 22:12
I'm sorry you were not able to catch the photo of your dreams, but that is why you are still a photographer and not a former looking back onto the pictures of his dreams that he managed to get :) A true artist, in my opinion, will never be satisfied with his work. That said, I am always impressed by your exposure. A sky that would be burned out or too dark with others looks well defined through your lens. The three simple colors; blue, green and orange, contrast very nicely with the worn stone. This shot reflects the serenity of this beautiful place.
leo61 (0) 2006-11-08 0:33
Good shot of this famous place.I like the composition with only a few tourists, the monks and the nice statues.The architecture is nice framed by the grey sky and the grass in the foreground.
imrek (4) 2006-11-08 16:55
fine capture of this famous Wat and thanks from interesting note...well done!!!
rosaline (0) 2006-11-09 3:57
I have just booked my holdiay and will be going to Cambodia to see this monument in February, so I have been studying your images with interest. The sight of the location is awesome and this comes across in your picture. I hope the increasing popularity of the site doesn't result in the lost of mystery, as you mention. Still, I can't wait to go.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-11-09 16:20
Interesting contrast here I like the depth and the details of the buildings. I find that the treetrunk in the middle is a bit bothersome, maybe framing the photo more on the left would have taken care of that plus shon us a bit more of the monks
otherwise very nice photo
zizzer77 (721) 2006-12-20 7:11
wonderful shoot of angkor wat! unusual POV.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55035)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-03
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-06 22:25