Young monks at the temple school
I usually find (what I think is) an appropriate title rather quickly. It never really came for this one. My first and immediate idea was "Slick and the outlags", based on a parody of a rock and roll band of the 50s. Then, realizing I wasn’t sure what "outlags" means, I considered "Slick and the marbles players". Then, what if that young man finds it sort of derogatory to be associated with that name; it was not my intention to hurt anyone for the sake of a likely not so funny joke. But then what? What were those kids actually? They were obviously pupils at the temple school, but could they be considered "monks" even being so young? My knowledge in Buddhist education was just too limited to answer that question.
Most of these boys were playing marbles when we arrived at the main temple in Koh Kood. After answering the basic usual questions in an effervescent atmosphere (where from, names, etc.), I asked if I could take a group photo. I had not expected the supervisor to join his pupils. I would have preferred not, but go say "please stay aside" while keeping being polite! I don’t think it was that bad after all, and I even chose this one today even though I had the chance to take several more photos later, in more natural poses since they gradually forgot about us being around. For this photo, I took a few shots, concentrating on the expressions and that nobody was unpleasantly partly masked or had a tree or something getting out of their head, but I forgot a bit about the technique and shot it at really low speed. I was lucky that one of them was decently sharp.
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Budapestman (82620) 2012-04-25 11:43
a very lovely photo with attractive composition and beautiful colours, the timing is superb, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
altay1364 (0) 2012-04-25 12:44
Guzel bir fotograf cekipsiniz.genel olarak cok begendim.tebrikler
Nard (6972) 2012-04-26 2:44
Une très belle photo de groupe bien que j'aime un peu moins quand les gens posent pour les besoins de la photo. J'adore comment leur habit tranche bien sur leur peau brune, ça donne une superbe luminosité. La pose de certains est par contre super interressante et nous done une idée (fausse ou vraie) de leur caractère. J'imagine que ça a du être un moment bien sympa.
jhm (160941) 2012-04-26 3:25
Yes Bernard first a little bit work and than make a trip, without money can this not happen.
Excellent perspective and depth picture with the tunnel in background.
I like your picture lovely with the colors, sharpness and clarity are also perfect
Very well done, TFS.
adramad (49992) 2012-04-26 3:41
A fantastic portrait of this group of the monks, I love the expression on the faces of little ones, great sharpness allows us to clearly see every detail, superb color with those saffron robes and the bottom of trees.
Have a nice day.
m (0) 2012-05-29 11:10
that's a great portrait, kids will be kids and I guess that's the title I'd use:) They don't look like monks or diligent students either. They look like normal kids - some crack up posing for the shot, others want to look cool:) Just like anywhere else. It's their attire that makes the photo look exotic.
Thanks and all the best
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2012-10-10 18:22
That vivid orange colour is certainly the most memorable I recall from Thailand. It is a great image you have here, I like the smiles and the nice surroundings of natural settings. The photo is sharp, colourful, cultural and has great humility. A great composition.
maloutim (9747) 2013-05-25 15:04
J'ai demandé à une amie ayant visité la Thaïlande si les enfants étaient vraiment des moines. Voici ce qu'elle m'a répondu :
tous les garçons vont faire un séjour plus ou moins long dans un temple avant de faire leur service militaire. Ils deviennent donc moines quelques jours, quelques semaines ou mois ou quelques années . C'est un déshonneur pour la famille de ne pas le faire... Et ce sont les familles qui choisissent la longueur du séjour... Ils peuvent faire ce séjour très jeunes : Dès 5 ou 6 ans. Les familles doivent alors faire des dons au temple... De toute façon, les moines ne vivent que de dons... Les jeunes moines sont libres de quitter cette vie quand ils le désirent... Les moines, surtout âgés, sont très respectés... Et ils sont très sympathiques et accueillants, ce que montre bien ta photo.
- Copyright: Claude Belanger (cebe) (1491)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-31
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, EF-S18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-25 10:20