Following on the ordination ceremony theme, same place, here is one of the most important symbols of life renunciation in Buddhism, shaving one's attributes of physical pride.
The custom harks back to the Buddha itself, who, about to leave the life of a privileged prince, started his life of sacrifice and selflessness by cutting his Royal tresses.
I like the delicateness of the monk's hands handling the rite, and IMO, this beautiful gaze, both of this world and withdrawn already from the life around, deserves its center place in the shot.
PS: shot is straight out of the camera, no edit. Canon metering averages, and little flash, did a cool job on this one.
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michel_r (1118) 2005-09-16 15:28
très réussi hervé et pris au bon moment. Je trouve quand meme la lumière du flash un peu dure (point blanc dans les yeux) mais ca reste très raisonnable.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-09-16 17:55
What a beautiful capture Herve! I agree with your note very much, especially about her gaze. I love it! Exposure is handled very nicely and the flash is hardly noticable. My complements!
waysai (609) 2005-09-16 21:17
A good shot of becoming a Buddhist. I like a delicated touch and obedient look on the girl. I would have cropped tigh on both left and right - leaving the monk's hands and the girl shoulder. Or take veritically to include the monk.
designsoul (21492) 2005-09-16 23:25
A powerful shot, Herve, and straight from the camera! :-) The little girl's expression, I agree, is both of and beyond this world... oddly, I have just seen a documentary of North Indian tribes performing a very similar haircutting ceremony on a young girl, but there she was a bit younger.
I always wonder about hair, its meaning, its symbolism.
Very nice shot, Herve.
bibiweb (8) 2005-09-17 3:25
Une magnifique image pour immortaliser ce moment qui restera certainement un des plus forts dans la vie de cette petite nonne. J'aime beaucoup la manière dont les cheveux rasés sont encore collés autour de son visage... et son regard est tellement concentré! La compo est très bien avec juste les deux mains de celui qui effectue cette opération.
Je n'imaginais pas que l'on pouvait assister à ce genre de cérémonie (et faire des photos!).
flydragon (0) 2005-09-17 3:34
what a nice scene and lovely gaze
from this kid.
i am wondering about composition
u have a empty space on the right
why not push the kid on the right then u can
also have the monk ? also his red clothes
is it a boy ?
sorry green later
faubry (35405) 2005-09-17 4:12
very impressionnant!!! the poor girl...i inderstand what is for renonciation attibut artificiel but..
good DOF and very clear
cessy (13647) 2005-09-17 6:14
very beautiful portrait, Herve
the expression is very well captured
she seems pondering yet having determination
gaby (19819) 2005-09-18 4:15
"Vous coiffiez et bien rasez maintenant" - Hervé, c'est une photo réellement super avec en plus un merveilleux modèle -
C'est grand, Hervé
Merci et bon week end
t0mmm1 (5440) 2005-09-18 4:48
Great moment. I like the straigt look full of determination in this dramatic situation.
everlasting (14694) 2005-09-18 7:26
Yes, the hands hold that bare razor so tenderly. Her expression is wonderful as the hair just fulls around her face, and the flash (and I dont really like flash) works well here in picking out her necklace.
Nice job allround.
thaprem (2554) 2005-09-18 7:49
A lively shot!..I like the looks of the Kid.
Offering hair to god is to denote the loosing of ego in front of god almighty..That is teh exact reason why we do that in India....
In this case I am not sure what the expression in the Kids eyes are...
But it surely Kills.
bullabulla (3488) 2005-09-18 12:11
il est vrai que cette photo est pleine de délicatesse et de sensibilité!
Cette petite fille a un regard tendre mais aussi responsable mature!
kclai (2267) 2005-09-21 3:09
A very delicated shot. The shving ceremony. The stare of the young incoming novice are well captured, showing her the sacrifices and the monk-hood that awaits her.
A very well captured shot, Herve.
kevinos (7403) 2005-09-25 5:24
This is a really powerful image, Herve. The delicacy of the child's face and that wonderful (expressionless) expression held in the strong but gentle hands of the monks are wonderful. I have just got back from Europe and settling in to Asian life again. This picture makes a nice welcome home. Regards Kevin
erdna (5711) 2005-10-01 23:14
This is a very nice picture of a very special moment in his life. you did a very nice job of documenting it.
banyanman (7789) 2005-10-21 10:00
A great ad for Canon if this is straight out of the camera, Herve. Colours and sharpness are very natural too. Cheers . . . David
saamb (1008) 2006-04-07 3:12
sinless eyes of boy and dark colours are very intersting for me. i have had dread of religion always. however more about religious centers in islam and buddhist and ...!
they are a different life.
- Copyright: Herve Blandin (kinginexile) (2598)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-25
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 28-105mm 3.5-4.5 USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-16 15:11
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