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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Buddhism and the high desert

A vacant Buddhist gompa rests symbolically backed by melting snow. As modernity extends its reach across the Tibetan Plateau, preceding culture resonates in it’s shadow. This kind of shade holds truth and momentum, and is the focus of this shot.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2019
Photo Location: Ladakh, India, India
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Ryan Gasper