Weekend Photo Theme is a weekly photography article where Dale or Franca choose a theme, select 5 pictures to sum that theme up & tie them together with their interests of Architecture, Art, Design & Travel.

Travelling around South East Asia – and specifically countries like Thailand – you’ll see buddhist monks going about their duties of spiritual, clerical and manual care of the people that frequent their temples, and the temples themselves.

During our travels we’ve been presented with many occasions on which we could have taken many share-worthy pictures of monks at work or taking part in their early morning alms ceremonies such as one of the most famous ones; the Luang Prabang alms walk; however, we both feel that sometimes it feels a little too opportunistic and the next level of rude to shove your camera in someones face just to get that picture you can show off on Facebook.

We’d rather take our shots at a distance and give people their space and the respect they deserve, just as much as you and I, and we ask that should you find yourself at an alms ceremony such as the one in Luang Prabang, that you take your shots from the opposite side of the road just as we did, not crouching in front of them or shoving your telescopic lens in their faces like so many we saw doing during our time there.

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How do you feel about opportunistic photography?