Weekly Photo Challenge -Threes

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



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 🙂



“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.



“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.



“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.



“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 ?!



“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.

112 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge -Threes

  1. My pick is the stunning Shangrila series, although Wat Arun is one of my favourite temples in Bangkok and you capture its beauty well. Great job Tina 🙂

    • 🙂 Thanks Madhu. The capacity for expressions of spirituality in Asia are endless. Each is a gift to its gods, its believers and the lucky photographers among us who have an opportunity to visit.

  2. I think that including people in their surroundings is a great idea for travel photography. I am also learning to do that. Normally I shy away from people and portraits but they need to be included. After all, they are part of the landscape too.

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    • Thank you Uday, appreciate your lovely compliment. I think the story is better told with the threesomes but agree each photo must stand on its own. Found this to be a very interesting challenge

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  6. fabulous shots…once again! I can truly find a story in each one of them….the first ‘Bangkok beauty’ is just FASCINATING to the eye….I am lost in it….

  7. Another great series of shots Tina…the first two really show a great perspective, something right out of a storybook. Getting to also see the locals, and the more human side is special (and I think often overlooked when people are out shooting ~ especially myself, sometimes I get too focused on the landscape). Beautiful work!

    • Thanks very much Randall. I love shooting the people as well as the places. Alone they can be beautiful or moving or joyful or many other things. But together they often tell a more complete story, don’t you think? Appreciate your stopping by!

  8. T, I feel like you accomplish this week’s challenge every week… You focus on the big picture and dialogue us into the detail with pics and prose… Great job…
    I don’t know how focused I could be with my loose calf by my side… Love that pic! Linda

    • What a lovely compliment Linda, thanks girlfriend! As for the calf, clearly this was not their first outing LOL. The little guy just walked along right beside his master, stopping occasionally to nibble on a flower or plant 🙂

      • That’s one of the enjoyable things about the photo challenge, too. I’ve just started experimenting with editing, something I’ve had mixed feelings about. Of course getting the perfect shot is great, but I’m starting to see how editing can change the entire feel of a photo and make an only OK photo very interesting. I edited all my shots for tomorrow’s Phoneography Challenge just a bit and had fun tonight taking photos that looked as though they were way too dark and finding that, through Picasa, they look really interesting.

        Wish I could offer you some CR chocolate! But alas, I even ate it before remembering to take a photo. I did get a lot of photos (and thus posts) from the trip, though. Thank goodness for the iPhone. 🙂

  9. I believe you, finding it hard to limit yourself on this theme! Great choice and a lovely, very moody presentation. My trip to Bangkok was in the late 80’s, I loved it. I hope the city will calm down again.

    • 🙂 Thanks Dina. Yes, it was just beginning to percolate when we were there and the first bloodshed was about two weeks after we left. Then they had massive flooding soon after that. We were fortunate to go when we did as it’s a magical city (as you know).

      • It’s a shame really, how so many truly gorgeous places on earth are suffering so much, people are fighting, starving and the peace is gone. Sad, sad.

    • Thanks Sally – yes the symmetry of those pillars topped with that sparkling gold was quite a sight. You’re right, it really is about the spiritual journey and they do it so beautifully in Asia.

    • Thanks Jo – I think that was my favorite too. One of my favorite things about the challenges is revisiting some of the places we’ve traveled and rekindling fond memories as I put my posts together. That one is an example of a shot I’d forgotten all about.

    • Hi Mike – thanks for the lovely comment – the sneakers got to me too :-). You can walk the entire periphery as well as the courtyards but cannot go into the areas where the monks live and are not allowed to photograph inside any of the chapels. So it was a wonderful, if photographically frustrating, visit!! There were some great people shots outside though so I was mollified . One of my favorite shots from the trip was the woman with the red umbrella, taken at the same place.

      • That’s very similar to the Golden Buddha on Lantau Island HK. Outside was fine, inside very limited. I decided in order not to offend to just switch my camera off an put it away

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