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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 it’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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