Maow the Temple Cat by Roy Cavanagh. This little Siamese cat was perched on a stone pedestal at an old temple in Chiang Mai when I took this photo. Stray cats and dogs often find their way to temples where Buddhist monks will feed them and this cat certainly looked well-cared for and content. In Thai the word for cat, ‘maow’, is quite logically named after the sound it makes. Maow, or even the Anglicized version, ‘Cat’, is also commonly used for people as a Thai nickname.
I was photographing at a Buddhist monastery in Myanmar where young boys train to become monks. Most of the boys were running around, doing chores or pointing at my camera. I saw this young boy standing in an open window holding a cat as if it were a baby. I was so struck by his calm demeanor and self-contained expression and so I made this portrait of him.