At Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, near Chiang Mai, Thailand, this Buddhist monk meditated at a shrine perched 3,500’ high on a mountain top, reaching into his soul and touching mine.


chiang mai, wat phrathat doi suthep, buddhist monk, saffron robes, senior portrait

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  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanover 3 years ago


  • philip
    so nice hearing from you and for that wonderful comment
    all the best,

    – phil decocco

  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    I must agree with Philip, you’ve reached into the inner soul Phil…Jules…Favor

  • thanks so very much jules, for the kind words and thought. He did look like he was deep down into himself with his thoughts.

    – phil decocco

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature 5 February 2011
    Stunning!! Instant fave

  • thanks kimba, it was quite moving to see him so introspective that afternoon

    – phil decocco

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 3 years ago

    perfect capture and framing.

  • michael
    many thanks for your feedback and support. I appreciate it very much

    – phil decocco

  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 3 years ago

    very touching, beautiful captured!

  • jeff
    thanks for the kind words about this image. His spirituality was a powerful presence as I looked at him.

    – phil decocco

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 3 years ago

    What a special moment in time captured

  • loree,
    he appeared to be the thought leader of a younger group of monks, and was, himself, very humble

    – phil decocco

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 3 years ago

    OUTSTANDING PORTRAIT! Absolutely a fav,Phil! WOW
    See U soon! Luv,DANIELA

  • daniela,
    glad you liked my friend the contemplative monk. Thanks for that

    – phil decocco

  • Clo Sed
    Clo Sedover 3 years ago

    This makes me feel peaceful
    beautiful image
    full of “sense”

  • the monks have a way of emanating a serenity that does seem infectious. thanks much

    – phil decocco

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovover 3 years ago

    so wonderful… great moment and capture

  • nikolay
    thanks for the thoughts and for taking a moment to send them along.

    – phil decocco

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    February 8, 2011

  • teresa
    many thanks for this feature! He was so calm, so serene, and you see him as he was

    – phil decocco

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