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the happiness of GIVING
and
TAKING


On my first wake-up in Vientiane, I followed the monks in their "feeding cession", from Nongbone Road to Vat Phonxay, through the neighborhood across Australian Embassy back to the monastery again, shooting many exposures. What did I see?

According to the monastery’s rules, monks leave early in the morning to beg alms on streets. But from people point, they treat them with due respect rather than with pity. I was completely surprised at the love, the respect and the care that Laotian people set for the monks. While accompanying them, I saw more than one couple who missed their turn to feed rushing their motorbikes to other location that they knew the monks would pass by next. Getting ready, they were on knees patiently waiting for the monks to arrive.

Obviously, in one same treatment, they perform the daily dual duty: taking care of monks as children to parents, as parents to sons who lead a religion life. Within less than 48 hours, Laotian people win my respect and my heart.

I am posting this simple shot to share with you my impression at their happiness of giving and taking.

What a beautiful people!



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I have both versions, B&W and color, but I prefer the Black & White one. Due to the light condition and the mono-color, I had the idea that the original version is less interesting.

For your comparison, I have it here. Please compare, give me your workshop, and tell me your preference, or your taste.

Thank You.

Thanh



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