Photo of the Day

Buddha head in tree – Ayutthaya (Thailand)

Buddha head in tree roots, Ayutthaya

The iconic Buddha head in Ayutthaya (Thailand) turned out to be much smaller than I’d imagined, but rather striking nonetheless.

No one knows how this statue head ended up entangled in the roots of a fig tree like this. It could have happened through centuries of neglect, following the sacking of Wat Mahathat temple (and the whole of Ayuttahaya) by the Burmese in the 18th century. Others think a thief may have hidden the head and never come back to retrieve it.

Although the whole idea of this “Photo of the Day” section is to show you just one image, I’ve decided to add a smaller size one from another photo I took, to give you a better idea of how the head is enmeshed in the base of the tree.

Buddha head in tree roots, Ayutthaya

I still think shooting the head from an angle gives a better sense scale and place, but in retrospect, I probably should have stood one or two steps to the right to make the image more powerful. What do you think?

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