bagan at sunset

by clivevfrance

Bagan sepiaHorse carts bringing visitors to one of the larger temples at Bagan in central Burma to enjoy the sunset. Undoubtedly the country’s most popular tourist destination, the temple-dotted plain is a remarkable sight, especially from up high. Click on images to enlarge.

This was my first real trip to Burma, a country that has long fascinated me but one I’ve hesitated to visit since Aung San Suu Kyi made it clear that tourists should stay away until the political situation improved. She is now suggesting that small groups and independent travelers should visit Burma to see what’s going on for themselves. As she said in a 2002 interview with the BBC: “Burma is not going to disappear; it’s going to stay here. We hope that as things change, Burma will become the kind of country that will be even more of a pleasure to visit than it is now.” In 1990, I walked across the northern Thai border by mistake and spent an hour being interrogated by some very jumpy pro-democracy activists before being sent back.
Bagan b+wTwo prints made from the same 35mm negative, the top one was bleached out and half-toned with a Kodak A+B sepia kit. Both split-filter printed on Oriental VC FB II with a bit of diffusion. I dropped the negatives while drying them, hence the scratch bang in the middle of the image.