Novice Monk at the Door by Ryszard Wierzbicki

The monastery, where I took the photo, is located around 30 minutes walk from Nyaungshwe (Inle Lake, Myanmar).and consists of two buildings, where the monks sleep and eat, and one main congregation hall, made entirely out of wood. It is beautifully carved with a few Buddha statues. The novice monks occupy a separate building on the other side of the road and they are responsible for cleaning the environment around the monastery complex. Catching close contact with young novice monks is very difficult because of their limitations and restrictions in contact with the lay world.

Nikon D5000 | Exposure 1/125sec @ f/5 | ISO 1250 | Focal Length 200mm

Novice Monk at the Door by Ryszard Wierzbicki

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Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as marketing advisor and tour organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

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Swindon, United Kingdom




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