Photographer Aaron Huey shares one of his favorite pictures from an upcoming story in Traveler magazine. The monastery Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery, is the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria.
I knew this was special shot when I got it. I needed to find a frame that could capture all the colors and textures of the Rila Monastery, while still feeling simple. I wanted the ancient frescoes of the chapel and the striking black and white arches of the residences in the picture. I also looked for some empty space between the waves of hundreds of tourists piling off buses because it is a space of quiet contemplation for those who live here. I wanted to show that this is a living monastery, not just an ancient relic swarming with tourists. The priests were coming and going, rounding this corner every 15 minutes, so I set up and watched people come and go.
Photo Tip: Find your stage, find the best light (you may have to return again at morning or night to get what you want in this department), simplify the frame (be aware of what you want in it and why), and wait for the cast to show up!