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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

On Inle lake

150301-093-editedI spent a restorative couple of days around beautiful Inle lake towards the end of my three weeks in Myanmar. Having spent quite a lot of the trip in the busy cities of Yangon and Mandalay, not to mention living my regular life in Hanoi, I needed some quiet time in the countryside to recharge my batteries. I explored a little by boat and bicycle, but left with the feeling that there was more I could have seen, had I been feeling more energetic. Maybe next time.
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There’s an unwritten rule that everyone visiting Inle lake has to take at least one photograph of a fisherman posing with his conical net. So here’s mine, taken on an overcast morning shortly after an underwhelming sunrise. There are many better examples of this type of picture elsewhere on the internet, but rules are rules.


11 Responses to “On Inle lake”

  1. Andy Oldham

    Great photography! Just wondered about the last one. Is he about to lose balance or is he using his foot to help place that basket in the boat? Either way you captured it perfectly 🙂

    • Jon Sanwell

      Thank you! He was actually posing for the photograph. As you head out onto the water, the nearest fishermen will break off from their day job, sometimes in groups of two or three, and start throwing shapes for the camera.

  2. Andrew

    Looks like a busman’s holiday! These look like they are taken with a very fast lens – the subjects ‘pop’ beautifully.

  3. grenzgaengerei

    I like your picture of the fisherman! Reduced to the max, bravo!

  4. Dalo 2013

    The 3rd shot is the epitome of where I like to sit and let the chaos of the place run all over me ~ a simple way to taste the life of the place I am in.

  5. BuntyMcC

    I love the distant detail in that third shot with the human dimension in the foreground. My favourite portrait is the laughing boy on the bicycle.


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