This is a long overdue post, sharing some more photos of the beautiful plains of Bagan taken during my last year trip. Although I posted pictures from Bagan before, I still do have a lot of material from this adventure and I’m still going through the photos and processing them.
This is truly a remarkable site. It’s been almost a year since I returned and vivid memories keep coming to me from Bagan every time I daydream and return to this magical place. Of course the most iconic and recognizable images from Bagan are the over two thousand temples and pagodas emerging from the plains in a very mystical way.
But the area is not only about fabulous stupas. Beyond old Bagan, there are plenty of small villages all around the area. I took photos around the temples mostly in the early morning for sunrise or in the afternoon for sunset; that left some time to walk around the hamlets. Life is very simple around here, and the people from the region are very open to visitors. It did not matter whether the villagers were working on their daily activities, or a monk was ready to immerse themselves in meditation, they were always willing to sparkle a smile or pose for a photo. I enjoyed the strolls and connecting with the locals as much as I did shooting the sacred places. For me, the cultural exchange and learning about other cultures is one of the most rewarding pieces of wisdom I can get from travel photography. Here are some of the photographs I was able to take during my walks around the villages in Bagan.
That’s all for now. As always, feel free to leave your comments and share, and if you want to travel with me, check out the upcoming photo tour to Iceland in March 2015.