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Today we have a set of swell travel photos from Joe Routon, showingw a place you’ve heard a lot about lately. Joe’s captions are indented, and you can enlarge his photos by clicking on them:
One of my favorite countries for photography is Myanmar, so it’s heartbreaking to hear about the country’s spiraling into chaos, with the military killing so many protesters.
My photos show some of the country’s beauty and its people in better times.
Bagan, with its collection of more than 3,000 temples, pagodas, and stupas, is the number one tourist attraction in Myanmar. Most of the structures were built between 1057 and 1287.
Public transportation in Myanmar is not for the faint of heart.
Ox carts carrying families are a common sight. They often travel in caravans. The people are very friendly, and most of them enjoy being photographed.
This is one of my street portraits in Myanmar.
Here’s a young sculptor carving a statue of Buddha.
Burmese shopping cart.
This lady works in the rice fields. The white paste that you often see on the faces of women in Myanmar is thanaka, made from the bark of the thanaka tree. In addition to serving as a cosmetic, it helps protect the skin.