Last month, I was invited by some monk friends from a temple in China Town to take a trip with them to Chantaburi. They are monks of a Mahayana Buddhist sect that came here from China via Vietnam.
They were making a tour of Mahayana temples in that province to get ideas for an extension; they are building to their own temple. We visited an exotic temple, where the head of this sect resides. This monk is one of my students and a friend. He went on ahead to open the temple door and waited for me there. His normally inscrutable face breaks into a slight smile as he sees me puffing up the steps and raising my camera. Quite unlike most Thais, this venerable monk doesn’t much like to be photographed, but this time he waited patiently for me to take my shot, with that quizzical, slightly amused look that seem to be saying “What the heck do you think you are doing?”
I was sure that I didn't use flash, but my camera information tells me that I did. I wonder why. I have cropped the frame
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carmem_busko (3718) 2005-03-28 1:33
Very impressive portrait, and amazing colors.Great expression.
maurazos (0) 2005-04-05 0:56
Lovely and colorful composition, despite the monk's expression is not very natural. But the photografic idea is great. regards.
summersun (4978) 2005-04-13 10:53
Ii like this look on his face, very amusing, and the strong colors. I always like colorful shots. you're lucky to live in a country full of colors.