Unique opportunity

I'm working on a couple of new documentary projects this year.  I've been emailing people and groups I want to photograph in order to introduce myself and my projects. That's been taking a bit of time to arrange so I decided I'd just call people to see what happens.

One of my projects is about different faiths and the texts practitioners of those faiths follow.  I got an appointment the other day to visit a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies.  I was expecting just to talk to someone in an office on the first visit, so I could explain what I wanted to do, learn a bit about Buddhism, then make an appointment to come back later to make the photographs. I took my camera to the appointment anyway, just in case I saw something I wanted to photograph.  It's a good thing I did.  When I got there, some of the monks who study there were doing some of their daily readings. I was taken right to the room where they were reading, and I was allowed to take pictures.  I recently changed camera systems and my new DSLR has video capability, so I also made a couple of short videos.  I'm not exactly sure what my finished project will be, but I've already started playing around with the sound and some of the images.

Buddhist Monks - Atlanta from Camille Wright Felton on Vimeo.





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