by Dennis Cordell
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Mudras is a selection of photos of "mudras" (Buddhist hand
gestures) taken by photographer Dennis Cordell. These portraits, shot in black and white using a medium-format Hasselblad 501CM, are of young monks at Gyud Zin monastery in Ladakh, India taken during the summer of 2006. Each monk is presenting a "mudra" which represents an offering to the Buddha. The delightful juxtaposition of the religious iconography with the boyishness of the young monks makes the portraits in this project wondrously expressive and heart-warming.