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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

A morning in Nyaung U


Nyaung U is the nearest town to the Bagan temple complex. It’s a surprisingly low-key place, considering its location close to Myanmar’s biggest tourist attraction, but I suspect that in five or ten years time it will be as busy and built up as Siem Reap in Cambodia. For now though, the town’s hotels and restaurants haven’t yet completely taken over, and Nyaung U remains a fairly unassuming place, not spectacular by any means, but not without charm. I spent a morning taking a break from temple spotting to wander around the market and take a few portraits of living, breathing people, rather than buddha statues.

On another note, I’ve just given this site a bit of a makeover. After three and a half years with the same theme, I thought it was time for a change, so I’ve switched to the Photographer theme. The biggest difference is the colour scheme, now white, or white-ish, instead of black. The homepage slideshow is much improved too, with much bigger images. The widgets, those little buttons and menus that help readers to search and navigate the site, no longer appear at the bottom of very page, but can be found on the right hand side of the About page. I’ll probably be making a few more tweaks over the next couple of weeks, but I’m pleased with the new look. I was aiming for something simple, elegant and unpretentious, with the pictures centre-stage, and I think that’s what this theme provides. Let me know what you think – comments and suggestions are always much appreciated.

















7 Responses to “A morning in Nyaung U”

  1. Angeline M

    A beautiful series of portraits and street life! And I love the new theme, I may make the leap, you’ve inspired me.

  2. Dalo 2013

    Great series ~ there is something about capturing the town like you have with the second shot. Like the crisp look of this theme, makes it easier to focus on the photos.

  3. jajit

    I fell in love with Nyaung U, when I visited Bagan last year. The Burmese are such wonderful people and your pictures really capture the feel of the place!

  4. bluebrightly

    These are sop wonderful – and I like the theme – I have a black background and I often ponder whether I should switch to something like this. It looks good!


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