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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Three days in Bagan

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There’s such an overwhelming number of temples in Bagan that it’s difficult to know where to begin. I spent my days rattling along on my rented electric bike, stopping whenever I saw anything that I thought might be interesting, which was quite often. Some temple sites are little more than piles of rubble; many others are well preserved or have been carefully restored; some, thankfully only a minority, seem to have received so much restoration work that they are almost entirely new.

Bagan is rapidly becoming one of the most photographed sites in south-east Asia, so much so that it’s difficult to take an original picture. So this collection just shows the recurring textures and images that most appealed to me: gold, stone and brick; sunlight and shadow; faces and hands.

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6 Responses to “Three days in Bagan”

  1. Andrew

    They may have been done before but they look fresh and vibrant to my eye. A wonderful selection. The shot with the bank notes is clever.

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  2. Dalo 2013

    Beautiful and great diversity of shots Jon ~ not quite sure if I can buy into the idea that itโ€™s difficult to take an original picture…there is so much there and the unique synchronicity of every day brings so many opportunities. Cheers to your travels (and photography) ~

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