Shan Poy Sang Long festival, Thailand by John Spies

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Shan boys, soon to be initiated as novice Buddhist monks, make music during a Poy Sang Long festival in Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. The drum is coated with sticky rice to improve its sound. The boys, with makeup and painted fingernails, dress as young princes before they enter the monkhood for a short period. This picture was taken as they were taking a break from wearing their elaborate costumes.
Canon 5d,M2
ISO:100, 105mm,f/4.5,1/160s


festival thailand, music, drum, laugh, children, boy, shan, asia

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Danceintherain
    Danceintherainover 3 years ago


    • Coy
  • greenstone
    greenstoneover 3 years ago

    amazing capture!!!

  • Trishy
    Trishyover 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Excellent! Have been missing your always pleasing & oft-incredible offerings. Glad to see you. I wouldn’t have thought of rice as a sound enhancer, but live & learn! Great, colorful image, John. ~ Sheila

  • Thanks for your comment Sheila. It is nice to be uploading again.

    – John Spies

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 3 years ago

  • Very colourful, thanks Gina

    – John Spies

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    A wonderfully joyful capture !

  • Nic Cocker
    Nic Cockerover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature.

    – John Spies

  • caradione
    caradioneabout 3 years ago

    John this is such a wonderful image so joyful..
    i just enjoy your photography so much but what makes it even more special is the time you take to share the tale behind the image. thankyou

  • My pleasure, an image is only one micro second of a bigger picture

    – John Spies

  • waterbug
    waterbugabout 3 years ago

    This is such a happy image. It felt like I got a glimpse into another world, yet found happy children are happy children are happy children. Thanks for the story too.

  • Thanks Ken. You are right that children are not burdened by the constraints we adults wrap ourselves in and can express their happiness freely, anywhere.

    – John Spies

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