Weekly Photo Challenge -Threes

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”
J.K. Rowling

BANGKOK BEAUTY

BANGKOK BEAUTY

This week Michelle has asked us to illustrate a story using three photographs – establishing a feel for a place with a “big picture” shot and then zeroing in on some of the more intimate details.  As one who approaches travel photography with a similar perspective, the biggest challenge for me this time was to limit myself to the task at hand :-)

ALL THAT GLITTERS

ALL THAT GLITTERS

“A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart.”

Chuck Palahniuk

Here, I’ve chosen one of the many beautiful temples of Bangkok, Thailand as my subject.  The first photograph shows an approach to the temple from Bangkok’s magnificent Chao Phraya, the “River of Kings”, while the second shows one of its perfectly aligned corridors.  The third shot, below, focuses on one of the many icons in the temple’s interior.

LEND A HAND

LEND A HAND

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”

Terry Pratchett

The concept of starting big and moving closer works equally well for architecture, landscape, travel and portrait photography.   For purposes of this post however, I’ve stayed with a temple theme, here focusing on our recent visit to China and the imposing  Sumtsenling Monastery of Shangri-La.

LOOKING UP, SUMTSENLING

LOOKING UP, SUMTSENLING

“Stories are like children. They grow in their own way. ”

Madeleine L’Engle

This time, instead of architecture I’ve focused on some of the monastery’s people.  Below, a devotee walking the periphery with his calf, using prayer beads as he makes his way along.

DEVOTED

DEVOTED

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.”

Ben Okri

And finally, a resident monk performing one of his presumably daily duties. Do you think the blue sneakers and funky bead bracelet are his way of expressing his wild inner self ?!

THE TASK AT HAND

THE TASK AT HAND

“A well-told story can be magic.”

JoLynne Valerie

Photography is a wonderful tool for expressing thought or telling stories, as per Michelle’s challenge.  To see how some other bloggers show their world in threes, click here.

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112 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge -Threes

  1. As always you just .. blow the socks of me – stunning photos .. and you’re taking me to a place I would never come to myself. I don’t to Thailand by my believes. Well captured .. the sneakers on the monk, two worlds on one man.

  2. I’ve probably said this before, but I so love all the quotes that you include. Today’s quotes about stories are spot on! I love Devoted!

    • Thanks LB, we spent several hours at the monastery and I really enjoyed all of the activity around the periphery. Devoted was completely absorbed in his prayers, as he should be!

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