Photographer's Note

I think I took this photo at Thikse Monastery, near Leh, which is in Little Tibet (Ladakh). I first went there in 1992, for a very short visit of only 3 days. In 2001, I was able to spend 2 weeks there, trekking and revisiting monasteries. And there was a profound cultural change that took place between the two visits. In 1992, the majority of monks either shied away from cameras or were fascinated by them, but in 2001, they were eager to have their photograph taken, and decked out in designer trainers and sun glasses. Save from the designer clothes, this young monk was keen to be my subject.

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