I shot this image in September 2009 at a monastery in Thiksey while
leading a Lumen Dei photography workshop in Leh, Ladakh, India. This is one of those pictures that proves people are the same everywhere. Here, a small monk is trying to wake up during early morning puja or devotions. He's doing his best to stay awake but finds it almost impossible. What little boy at the same age wouldn't be fighting to stay awake, whether he is in a monastery in the Ladakh or at church in Texas or in a mosque in Lebanon. This boy could be any boy. I think this is what makes this photo work, it's real, it's a moment we all relate with.