Approaching People

This just never gets easy. This morning, I wander down to the Boudha stupa before dawn. I’ve photographed here twice before, and I love the rhythm of life and the serenity. At the center of the large round courtyard is the Boudhanath stupa. It is surrounded by shops selling mandalas and beads, tea and postcards, and all the usual tourist kitsch. Pilgrims and tourists mingle with the monks from the monasteries, and each walked rotation of the stupa presents an observant eye with new opportunities. At dawn and dusk, the stupa is circled with butter candles. I’m not sure why I’ve never intentionally shot images in this beautiful light, but this morning I aim to correct that.

I walk and observe, watching for something that quickens ...

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