A friend commented yesterday that he spotted four monks, resplendent in orange robes at a bus stop, in Bradford, early morning.
David said, “I would of taken a pic but it felt somewhat intrusive”.
I have a soft spot for monks. And it’s true. Making images of monks can be a peculiar task. Generally I find them very willing though. Especially at temples if you make a kind donation. Now I am told that monks mustn’t touch women so I keep my physical distance initially to see how they might receive me and give them a warm smile. Most monks I meet, if they speak English, love a chat and have been happy, if sometimes awkwardly, to pose for the camera.
Top tips for working with monks and the camera
- If you are a woman you know you should cover up arms and legs, so do, it gets you further inside, where the best images are. At some temples I have been invited to join sunset chants, meditation, even sword practice
- It’s polite to keep behind the monks when they are kneeling/praying/chanting, especially when having a dslr around your neck
- Be respectful of their prayer time
- Put cam in silent mode if in temple at working hours
Now go meet monks!
Note :: All the images above were made in Siem Reap and at Angkor Wat. The first on a shoot directed by Nathan Horton Photography.