I was at Mahagandayon Monastery, Mandalay, the largest Buddhist monastery in Myanmar accommodating more than a thousand young monks; to witness the disciplined manner of the monks during the lunchtime, having their meal in total silence and systematically in accordance with Buddha’s teachings. There were a few beggars loitering around the temple. He was one of them. Once the ceremony was over, I walked around the temple compounds taking portraits of few of the beggars.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | April 29
Award Score: 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 13, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Portraiture Photography
Photograph Location: Mahagandayon Monastery, Mandalay, Myanmar
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.