Monk With A Camera
Nicholas Vreeland, back then, was this era’s version of a playboy, hipster and a photographer. Could life have been any better?
In a world of amped materialsm and self promotion, we can all use a bit of humility, in the form of a true story. ‘Monk with a camera‘ may not be a Summer blockbuster. It’s the full-featured premise of thousands of self-help books and spiritual tourism.
Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk in 1972. Grandson of legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, and trained by Irving Penn to become a photographer, Nicholas’ life changed drastically upon meeting a Tibetan master, one of the teachers of the Dalai Lama. Soon thereafter, he gave up his glamorous life to live in a monastery in India, where he studied Buddhism for fourteen years. In an ironic twist of fate, Nicholas went back to photography to help his fellow monks rebuild their monastery. Recently, the Dalai Lama appointed Nicholas as Abbot of the monastery, making him the first Westerner in Tibetan Buddhist history to attain such a highly regarded position. Monk With a Camera chronicles Nicky’s journey from playboy to monk to artist.