Boy Monk

Monk © Chris Boswell, 2014

Monk © Chris Boswell, 2014

I spent about four days visiting a remote monastery in in Myanmar. This small village does not see tourists at all and many were curious upon my arrival. The monastery was rather small and only had about six monks. I had met the head monk in another town and he invited me to visit. When I arrived at the monastery, all eyes were on the foreigner. Traveling with the head Monk does have its privileges, but he does always get the first pick of seats in the boat! Our journey from Mrauk-U took several hours and was a very peaceful trip.

As we arrived, we were greeted by a few of the local villagers and the young monks that lived at the monastery. There was not much of a landing zone or dock but we had two planks that we used to wobble to shore. The young monks were eager to help everyone with their belongings. Once we were settled, all the young monks sat and seemed mesmerized with my presence.  I asked the head monk if it was okay to take a few pictures and I began snapping away. I did not have to pose anyone, this seems natural to them and were very relaxed.

As calm as he is in this shot, I have several others were he was doing non-stop Karate kicks and playing with his soccer ball. Once I showed them Picture Booth on my iPad, the tranquility stopped and silliness started.

-Chris Boswell