December 18, 2013

Monastery in Mandalay

Photograph by Marcelo Salvador

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A young monk crosses the patio inside a monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar, where he lives.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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18 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Looks like he's dancing a Paso Doble by himself. Great timing.

Suzanne Thomadella
Suzanne Thomadella

Wow, if this rises only to "photo of the day", I'm toast. What would the really extraordinary ones look like!?

First Last
First Last

ARTPOP! :D Like the Applause vid..

Janice H.
Janice H.

Lovely color, inspiring and perfect in it's own way!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The spots of color around the picture give it a vibrance,that pulled my eyes at the same time, to the whole. Dont like the tilt very much.  The central figure is just great.  .. j.e.s. 

qing li
qing li

We can feel the silence from the wall, the hanging robes as most monastery would tell, but the waving robe give the whole photo some kind of motional and live scence, that's where I love.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

I can sense a subtle smile on the face of the young matador as he enjoys the simple pleasure from the swoosh of his robes. There is no imaginary toro that he battles with, instead he has a day of simplicity to look forward to. There is a bishop in Germany who is known as the Bishop of Bling, because of his opulence, who would know nothing of the rigours of life in a monastery where food is barely sufficient.

The courtyard is the frame of this photo. We see three walls that - in all probability - frame the existence of this monk. There are the added maroon and saffron colours from the washing that give extra insight into another way of life. The humanity of this photo is compelling - well done Mr Salvador.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses

Sandip Dey
Sandip Dey

Beautiful photograph and a great sense of place !

Rakshit Tirumala
Rakshit Tirumala

@Kausik Bhattacharyya Initially I felt as you did, but then I realized that this straightened the monk's pose, who is the main subject of the photo. I think if the monk were at an angle to adjust for the background, the photo would lose its appeal.

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