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One of the temples at Thiksey Gompa houses a very impressive 15-metre high statue of the Maitreya, or future Buddha. This is it. Despite it's timeless appearance, the statue was only completed in 1981, although the gompa itself was founded in the 15th century.

Those who have seen my previous black and white work will know that I'm not a big fan of toning, preferring to keep my images as straight black and white without colouring them sepia or whatever. In this case I made an exception. When I was scanning the negative I mistakenly set the scanner to colour rather than black and white negative mode, so I was quite surprised when I saw the result. The golden colour seemed to suit the subject so I decided to leave it as it was. This is how it came out of the scanner, I just tidied it up a bit and sharpened slightly.

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