On the Steps of a Buddhist Temple

Category: Travel Portraits

 

Photo and caption by Fielding Etheridge

While visiting Buddhist temples in Wu Tai Shan, China, this woman sat at the bottom of the stairs leading up to one of the temples. While my fellow travelers continued on, she caught my attention, and I had to pause for a moment. The lines in her face, the contemplative melancholy in her eyes, the all-too large shoes for her tiny feet, and the carefully placed bowl for spare change; I just wonder what she was thinking, feeling, where she had been, and what her life story entails. So much can be spoken with no words at all.

Location: Wu Tai Shan, China

 

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