We visited the Gandan Monastery on our first day in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Instead of focusing on the exterior of the monastery, I was intrigued by the light or lack of inside the monastery itself. I thought it would be more interesting to capture a few shots of the locals streaming in to pay homage. I waited until everyone had cleared the frame before I took the shot.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 14
Award Score: 62 (Value 11, Clarity 11, Composition 16.5, Style 12, Skill 11.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Black & White Photography
Photograph Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Photographer: Shirren Lim (Jakarta, Indonesia) Registered
Born in Penang Island, Malaysia, in 1970, Shirren would find herself moving cities over the course of her life. She is now based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shirren took up photography in 2009, as she thought it would be an interesting habit, later she discovered it as her true passion. Shirren loves portraitures best. To her, the expressions people wear are so beautiful, so telling, so uncovered in their sincerity. With her photo-taking, she tries and does justice to capture humanity in its many forms. Shirren’s work has been described as intense and earthy with her simple composition cutting to the heart of the subject matter. As a child, she had flipped through many of her father’s National Geographic magazines, but it was Steve McCurry’s 1984 “Afghan Girl” that she recall two decades later. That is what she wants to do with her life. She believes, someday, she can able to capture that one moment that could change the world. Her work has appeared in several web and printed magazines.