Is it a heroic pose?
The one photo posted is not what I am referring to. Click on the link and look at other photos of the two monks in the set and then try to find photos of, say, Ajahn Munindo or the other monks here http://www.ratanagiri.org.uk/index.php? ... &Itemid=67
in such heroic poses. As I said, it just maybe the photographer, who is very good, but then the photog on the Aruna Ratanagiri web-site is also very good.
Hello, Tilt, yes, I can see why you get that impression "heroic".
I looked at all the photos in the first link, and then compared them to the one you gave.
The difference between the 2 is, from my POV, that the heroic ones are posed, and not candids, while the others are.
In the first images, the monks are standing or sitting still, like statues, before a landscape of 'majestic' beauty.
That gives the images a royal or heroic atmosphere, which lets the monks appear that way as well. It's highly interesting from an artistic point of view!
(If you have an eye for atmosphere, you can always photograph anything in the way you wish, simply through the setting, creating synchronicity between object and surrounding.)
To me, the monks seem simply still and calm, (which is majesty in itself, isn't it?), on one photo a robe is flapping in the wind, but the aquiline profile is adding to a majestic impression.
The candids of the link you gave of course seem less 'heroic', because that is the inevitable effect of candids. The monks are m not posing for the camera, but caught sitting, in attitudes of service, kneeling, bowing, etc.
But I see what you see. It's a good observation.
The landscape is truly wonderful, and the photographer is very good.
Is heroic negative for you?