The monk (at least I suppose he was a monk) allowed me to take a photo of him in the Imperial City in Hue. He looks fascinating and restful and the colours in the background are beautiful.
"In June 1802 Nguyễn Phúc Ánh took control of Vietnam and proclaimed himself Emperor Gia Long. His rule was recognized by China in 1804. Gia Long consulted with geomancers to decide which was the best place for a new palace and citadel to be built. After the geomancers had decided on a suitable site in Huế, building began in 1804. Thousands of workers were ordered to produce a wall and moat, 10 kilometers long. Initially the walls were earthen, but later these earthen walls were replaced by stone walls, 2 meters thick.
The citadel was oriented to face the Huong River to the east. This was different from the Forbidden City in Beijing, which faces south. The Emperor's palace is on the east side of the citadel, nearest the river. A second set of walls and a second moat was constructed around the Emperor's palace. Many more palaces and gates and courtyards and gardens were subsequently added. The rule of the last Vietnamese Emperor lasted until the mid-1900s. At the time, the Purple Forbidden City had many buildings and hundreds of rooms. It suffered from termite and cyclone damage, but was still very impressive. Many bullet holes left over from the war can be observed on the stone walls.
In the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, as part of the Tet Offensive a Division-sized force of North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong soldiers launched a coordinated attack on Huế seizing most of the city. During the initial phases of the Battle of Hue, due to Huế's religious and cultural status, Allied forces were ordered not to bomb or shell the city, for fear of destroying the historic structures; but as casualties mounted in the house-to-house fighting these restrictions were progressively lifted and the fighting caused substantial damage to the Imperial City. Out of 160 buildings only 10 major sites remain because of the battle, such as the Thái Hòa and Cần Thanh temples, Thế Miếu, and Hiển Lâm Các. The city was made a UNESCO site in 1993. The buildings that still remain are being restored and preserved. The latest and so far the largest restoration project is planned to conclude in 2015."
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Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-04 3:04
ancora una volta mi complimento per le tue splendide opere.
Riconosco la tua bravura nel paesaggio ma vedo che anche nel ritratto sei bravissima.
Ottimo il soggetto e molto ben realizzata la fotografia caratterizzata da una perfetta gestione della luce e da una eccellente nitidezza.
batalay (37449) 2014-02-04 6:11
Welcome to Trekearth, an unusually addictive site in cyberspace. I like very much photo you've taken of the young man in Vietnam. Isolating with his dark outfit against a virtually monochromatic background is very effective. One piece of constructive criticism I would offer is never to cut off the feet, unless you you crop much higher and make it a portrait.
Warm regards from Washington, DC.
tyro (22964) 2014-02-07 18:34
This is a beautiful photograph, so clear and sharp and with the young monk so wonderfully portrayed against a softly out of focus background. I see the sweet innocence of youth here, this young boy and his flute perfectly set in his surroundings and with wonderful eye contact with the camera (and you!).
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure (in difficult lighting conditions) and excellent details and sharpness.
An interesting note too.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-09 4:42
a good portrait but i have a few critics or suggestions if you prefer
Personally I find the image too high since i have to scroll with my mouse to see it from bottom top, it's a bit disturbing
i understand that you wanted to include the window in your picture, but then i feel there's too much room above the head of the monk
But only my personal opinion, just to suggest other potential crops
Otherwise the portrait in itself is razor sharp and pleasant
best regards, have a nice sunday
Thanks for putting me in your favorites
Waylim (25444) 2014-02-25 19:06
It is a beautiful shot. I do think he is a young monk. As you said, he has that very easy and gentle personality with a timid smile. The background is perfect as it suggest the setting of temple with the architectural style of the area, a mixture of Chinese and European colonial style. the extra tall vertical format work very nice to include as much of the background and eccentuate the height of the temple. But our monitor are not made to view this type of image at one glance. It is a bit annoying to have to scroll down to see the rest. It also last that first impressio. As a print it will work better.
Very good quality and nice portrait of the young monk. It shows the friendliness of the people in the country.
A very nice encounter for you.