Saturday, November 20, 2004

Clean meditation

Phrachaiwat Latthitham, a monk visiting from a New York temple, skims leaves from a meditation pool during the Thai Festival at the Buddhist Center of Dallas in Dallas on Saturday, November 20, 2004.

© Mark M. Hancock and The Dallas Morning News


matt said...

I really like this one. The simplicity of the rocks in the foreground are calm and Zen-like, as are the floating leaves, and they lead my eye to the Monk and further complexities further back. Great balance of all the elements. His action gives me more to ponder than a static image of him posing. I'm guessing this was a great experience for you to photograph this event. Thanks for posting more.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate criticism with context.

Personally, I would have liked the background to be less cluttered. I tried longer glass, however I needed the pond to put it in context and had to go wide. Sometimes ya' get what ya' got.

rental_owner said...

Mark, Not only is this a calming photograph is it also funny. When would you ever expect to see a monk in full dress cleaning a pool with a skimmer. Great shot. Qustion: Have you ever had a bad experience trying to take a candid photo? Where someone has gotten very upset. I would like to see a post on your horror stories of photojounalism.

A Rental Owner

Mark M. Hancock said...

Twice. Neither case is worth mentioning. This is why candids are candids. I normally already have the image before someone sees me. Otherwise, people know what I'm doing and don't have a problem with it.