As we have come closer to the end of our current trip we have found ourselves getting more and more fatigued by the constant motion of the last year. One of the results of this is that we have been staying put more and more and getting a view of what many might consider the more mundane side certain areas. For the last month we have taken up residence on the coast of Cambodia and this series is composed entirely of pictures taken at markets around the country. These markets represent the life-blood of these communities, not only a place to buy and sell everything you might need but a place to gather and connect.
The pictures in this collection were taken at various spots within Kathmandu. Some were taken at awesome edifices like Pashupatinath, others simply on street corners. The topic is not something built for tourists but working structures used by millions of people to express their faith and comment the community.
The Bagan valley looks like a simple agricultural valley with a broad river bisecting it and distant mountain ranges on the East and West. The first thing you notice however is that literally every where you look Buddhist Pagodas seem to pop up. Over 2000 of these are as old as the 11th century but it seems like new ones are being built everywhere as well. This is an area with deep importance to the history of Myanmar but it is also the center of the countries tourist drive and much of this building is being done to support that. In any case it is a beautiful area, but in some ways it seems like a theme park being built over a grave.
Fields full of rice paddies occasionally dotted with a pagoda fill the landscape North of Inle Lake in Northern Myanmar. The fields were flooded during our stay there so you would at times see people skimming the water-ways in small boats. The added water also acted as an ever present mirror for the sky which dutifully put on a show every afternoon in its vanity.
The mountains of Nepal are a magical place. They contain some of the highest places you can get to on earth and it really does seem like you can see the whole world from some of them.
Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and was home to the last royal palace of Burma. We were told by almost everyone to avoid spending too much time there, it was meant to be a pit stop on the way from Bagan to Inle Lake on the tourist circuit. Due to an inertia that we have found to be getting stronger every day we ended up spending more than a week there. And it ended up being one of the most interesting places we came across in the Country.
This is a collection of photographs taken in the Burmese city of Mandalay on the Irrawaddy river.
Before heading east to Kathmandu we spent a lovely week in London visiting some old friends. It turned out to be a very necessary break before the craziness of Nepal and Asia. It also makes an interesting contrast in terms architecture and a cultures relation to it to the Asian collections that I will be putting up in the next few weeks.
In the 90's the Maoist revolution in Nepal forced millions to move from the mountainous rural regions to urban centers like Kathmandu. This caused the populations to bloom and sprawl to engulf the city.
Walls tell the story of a city from early days to modern. Like pages of a book that have been re-written countless times.
A collection of pictures taken in the city of Split, Croatia.
A second set of pictures focused on the more intimate side these beautiful things.
A collection of pictures taken recently on the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia.