Reflections of a festival by John Spies

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Dressed as a Shan prince, this young boy in far NW Thailand is soon to be initiated as a novice Buddhist monk. For three days the lavishly costumed and decorated ‘Sang long’ are carried on the shoulders of their proud relatives. festival participants, reflected in the boy’s sunglasses, dance to the beat of long Shan drums and gongs.

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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  • Winston D. Munnings
    Winston D. Mun...almost 4 years ago

    Stunning capture John.
    Stunning indeed!

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous costume, amazing reflections well seen and caught !

  • It was a fluke, I noticed the reflections after the shot…

    – John Spies

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