Wat paknam charoen i

Wat Paknam Charoen I

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In an image that makes a statement of its size, the Phra Buddha Dhammakāya Thepmongkhon statute finished in 2021 stands 226 feet and can be seen from many vantage points around Bangkok. The latest giant Buddha statue in the capital city, it is an addition to the vast Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen temple, originally created in 1610 during the Ayutthaya period. It is a royal temple located in the Phasi Charoen district, on the banks of the Chao Prayha River. The giant Buddha statute is made of bronze and is made in the meditation posture. This image was made one afternoon shortly after the statute was finished, as I sought a vantage point that shows how the Buddha towers above the city.

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About Robert Dodge

Washington, DC

Robert Dodge is a writer and fine-arts photographer with specialities in travel, documentary, portrait and LGBT themes, as well as iconic scenes of the nation's capital. Robert has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years, first as Washington correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. He is currently on a long-term, self-assignment in Bangkok, Thailand, and photo shooting in Southeast Asia as covid restrictions permit. After leaving daily journalism in 2006, he founded Robert Dodge Visual Media. His first major project focused on what happened to Vietnam in the four decades after the war. The project was printed in 2014 as a book, "Vietnam 40 Years Later," by the Italian art-book publisher, Damiani. Ten prints from the project were acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress for its permanent historical collection. The project won top honors in FotoWeekDC's Uncover/Discover contest in 2013. In 2010, an image from the project won an honorable mention in the Santa Fe Workshop's LIGHT contest. And more recently, an image from the book was a winner in LifeFramer's 2020 contest, YOUTHHOOD. As a journalist, The Dallas Press Club honored Robert for his Dallas Life Magazine story "Mr. Bentsen and the President," which chronicled the close relationship between Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen and President Bill Clinton. In 1999-2001, Robert was president of the National Lesbian and Journalists Association. Robert continues to work on writing and photography projects and is available for commissions.

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