The Myanmar series (2012-2015)

The “Life”-part of this website is about my travel photography. In all honesty, I wouldn’t even be able to define travel photography… is it confined to certain countries (i.e. not your own)? Can it include all objects (e.g. buildings)? And what about people?

All I know is that I’m drawn to capture images of remote destinations (realizing ‘remote’ is a relative concept…) and the people who live there; their religions and beliefs, traditions, history, (ancient) temples they have built, ruins left behind…

After having seen images of the countless stupas and pagodas on Myanmar’s Bagan plains, I wanted to visit this country and learn more about its people and culture, see the buddhist monasteries, and try and capture something which I guess what I would call the ‘spirit’ of this country and its people and cultures.

Ananda festival 2015 young monkAnanda festival, Bagan, Myanmar, 2015
(Nikon D4S, VR 70-200mm f/2.8G @ 200mm, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 2200)

 

I took 4 trips to Myanmar between 2012 and 2015, and each one was a complete different experience. On my first trip I visited the Ananda Pahto festival in Bagan – by coincidence. Only afterwards I realized how lucky I was to have been present during this only once-in-a-year unique event. On my second trip I took more time to capture the stunning Bagan temples. On my third trip I visited various Buddhist monasteries near Mandalay and Nyaung Shwe (Inle Lake) and on my fourth trip I visited the Ananda Pyatho festival in Bagan again and realized Myanmar how is changing with more tourists pouring into the country each year.

Enlightened (Kan Gyi Kyaung monastery, Nyaung Shwe)

“Enlightened”
Kan Gyi Kyaung (Monastery), Nyaung Schwe, Myanmar, 2014
(Nikon D4, VR 70-200mm f/2.8G @ 175mm, f/4, 1/250s, ISO 1100)

Over the coming weeks I will gradually post the images by category; while I’m not sure yet about the exact categorization these will definitely include Bagan sunrise shots and pagodas, Buddhist monks at Bagan and at monasteries, and shots taken around the famous U Bein bridge at Amarapura/Mandalay.

Head Monk (Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery)

Head Monk, Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung (Monastery), Nyaung Schwe, Myanmar, 2014
(Nikon D4, VR 70-200mm f/2.8G @ 140mm, f/4, 1/200s, ISO 1400)

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