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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Tradition and Modernity

I thought this was a beautiful natural frame in the middle of the city. I waited for something to happen, for a subject to enter the frame that would do it justice. A monk approached, walking and talking on the phone, providing a commentary on the idea of present mindfulness in Buddhism. The tradition of his appearance contrasts with the distinctly modern appearance of speaking on the phone while walking through the urban metropolis.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Camera: E-M10
Copyright: © Richard Morgan