These spectacular black and white photographs taken by Warsaw based photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty show Shaolin Monks training and meditating at the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province.
About Tomasz Gudzowaty
Tomasz was born in 1971 in Warsaw, As an adult he gained recognition in the realms of documentary and fine art photography and also won several awards for his work.
The most amazing fact about Tomasz is that he got to travel to more than 100 different countries in all continents for his photography projects. His passions are social issues, sports and wildlife.
The photos below are from a gallery he created about Shaolin monks and their interesting lives. As we all know these guys have a unique reputation and they usually portrayed as Kung Fu ninja worriers, the men have amazing self control for both mental and physical.
Tomasz was able to spend some time with a few monks and capture them in their training and natural environment.
Browse the gallery below and let us know in the comment section which one is your favorite.
You can learn more about Tomasz and his work here.
Tomasz Gudzowaty shaolin monks photography begins with this beauty
Bumping heads, this is actually really hard to do if you could see the full picture and their body angles
They spend hours every day training their bodies as well as their minds
Water is one of their favorite natural elements to use for training and other things
This is a very known exercise where you hold two buckets of water and try and hold on as much as you can
Just like in the movies, breaking bricks with their hands – So cool!
Bending their body in many different ways, many people can’t even get up from the couch without stressing their bodies
Water is as much of a unique element as these unique people
How long can you stand on your head? This is a much more mental game than physical
Trying to lean to each other using only the tip of their head. Passing energy from one another
Controlling your body is a basic thing with Shaolin monks
They climb to the top of the mountains for some peace and mindfulness
Handing up side down. Meditating