Photographer's Note

After walking through the valley next to the Indus river I finally reached Thiksey monastery, perched on a hill above a small village. It was a spectacular sight, but the colours of this photo were not so good, probably because of a rather strange light, so I decided to convert this to B&W. It was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

Here is a larger version.

After taking this photo of a young father keeping an eye on his child playing alone on the dirty ground, I found a path leading up to the monastery. I think it was somewhere on the very steep left side of the rock. Since this was at an elevation of about 3.600 meters above sea level, the climb made me totally exhausted and I had to stop several times to catch my breath.

Finally reaching the top I met this monk who also looked like he needed a good rest. In one of the courtyards of the monastery I saw another monk busy keeping the prayer wheels spinning round. And finally inside the monastery I met this little novice. When I posted that photo in 2008, almost 23 years later, I thought he had forgotten to put on his right shoe. But reading my diary recently I found out that the older novices had taken his right shoe, or rather boot, to use it as a football for a game in the monastery courtyard.

Please don't ask me why I didn't take any photos of that game. It seems now like an unforgivable crime.

Reading my diary from this journey last week I discovered that after visiting the monastery and having lunch in the village I had loaded my camera with a B&W roll. I did not remember any such photos, so I searched my archive and found that film. Among the photos I found and scanned this week was an alternative shot of the monastery, which you can see as a WS.

Another WS shows a view of the surroundings taken from a roof of the monastery, probably from the darker building top right.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9899 W: 518 N: 19128] (84467)
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