This is an Avout

I found her after taking a few wayward turns in some confusing corridors in the main temple of Angkor Wat. She was a Buddhist bolt, but lighting incense at the foot of a statue of Shiva, the Hindu god. It turns out that she, and others like her, are from an interesting sect that bridges two of the big religions. I always enjoy talking to people about this sort of thing. It doesn’t really bother me one way or another, but I just find all the thought processes to be interesting.

She’s one of the billions of people alive (and possibly re-alive) that draws into the splinters of the original Vedic Brahminism. She didn’t speak a lot of English, so there were a few pieces missing in our conversation, but I filled them in later after talking to many other monks and worshipers throughout the complex.

This is an Avout (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • Trevor Driscoll

    Those eyes stunning. Nice job

  • http://www.takkiwrites.com Birgit

    Stunning portrait! I’d like to know how you shoot and processed the pic, if you don’t mind telling.

  • Gail

    Wonderful portrait picture, Trey. Looks like she is right here in this room, she looks so alive. She does have sparkling eyes. So glad you got to talk with her. What an interesting life you lead!!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  • tiny pixels

    Oh my, this woman just radiates peace and love. What a gift you were given to be able to talk with her and others there. Thanks, T, for using your talents to capture her compelling face and demeanor. Wow.

  • http://stuckinframes.blogspot.com/ dxtr

    Hey Trey,
    Lovely portrait. Love the eyes. And by the way, its Vedic Brahminism.
    Besides, in my country, where both the religions originated many buddhists light incense sticks at the idols of hindu gods and many hindus actually pray or have some statue or relic representing buddha.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks dxtr – fixed up… ! :)

    Birgit – I am working on a LucisArt tutorial, which I hope to post at some point…

    Gail and Tiny Pixels – thanks! Many people don’t like it when I post portraits on here… they just want more more more landscapes! But I’m glad y’all like these as much as I do :)

  • http://www.takkiwrites.com Birgit

    Well, a portrait is a landscape – a landscape of the soul, thats the way I see it and I never get tired of portraits. Thanks for posting and thanks for all your work, looking forward to see more!

  • DJ Ox

    Hah, this is landscape! People just want to be hit over the head with an HDR and do not realize the depth of a really good portrait!

  • DJ Ox

    …on the flip side though; I could argue that a landscape is the portrait of Brahma. Words get in the way!

  • http://www.nicoleraestudio.com/blog Nikki

    Her eyes are gorgeous. I’m also loving the stories that go along with your shots. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    hehe thanks! :)

  • http://www.mdsimages.blogspot.com Michael S.

    Dude, you are just a cornucopia of information (alright, that sounded stupid…)

    Your images, as always, next cease to amaze me! And your captions…..brilliant! So many times I post an image and just freeze at the though of recalling anything of interest to mention about it!

    Mike….why all the exclamation points?

    Take care :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chalinka Lena

    Gorgeous.
    I love all of your portraits.
    Is it 50 mm f/1.4 lens?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks!

    No this was my 28-70mm at 2.8 ! :)

  • Liz

    She is spectacularly beautiful. I could only hope to age as gracefully as she did.

  • Erin

    Hi Trey,

    I love this shot, I think it is a really well thought out portrait with a very animated subject. I prefer your people and portrait work with HDR as I feel it adds more to these than to landscape shots (which of course is my own humble opinion).

    I am just starting out and your shots have inspired me a lot, keep up the good work

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thank you Erin – Good to have you around… I hope to post things on occasion that keep you around :)

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