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Photographing an Artisan? Focus on their hands

edl_burmesepottery_0008When photographing people, we’re trained to focus on the face, and especially the eyes. Like any other “rule” of photography, though, it doesn’t always apply. In particular, when you’re capturing someone performing a craft or skill, the skill itself becomes a key part of the image. In the case of this woman potter who was kind enough to let us photograph her throwing a pot, her hands are what drew my attention. They moved smoothly and confidently, clearly the result of years of being a master potter – her village is famous throughout Myanmar (Burma) for its pots, which are highly-prized both there and throughout Asia. Read more »

Myanmar (Burma) Trip Report: Images and their stories from our recent photo tour

pl_baganaerials_1356After our visit to Cambodia and the temples of Angkor, we headed to Yangon in Myanmar, to meet the rest of the group and begin our trip through some of the major historical and culturally important areas of the country. We began in Yangon, by far the largest and most important city in Myanmar. Called Rangoon by the British, it was restored to its traditional name after independence. Read more »

George Orwell’s House: The Ultimate Future B&B

Former home of the British Club in Katha, setting for much of George Orwell's novel, Burmese DaysTucked away in a corner of Myanmar (Burma) away from most tourists is the once sleepy town of Katha. Famous mostly in the West as where George Orwell was last stationed in Burma, and in the literary world as the setting for his novel, Burmese Days, the town is now something of a trading hub on the Irrawaddy River. Somewhat lost in the town’s growth are the house in which Orwell lived, and the home of the British Club – center of social life during the Colonial period and central to the novel. Read more »