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Some years ago we visited a sound installation, called “Harmonic Fields” in Dorset. If/when the wind blew the various “instruments” suspended on wires were supposed to reverberate or make a sound. Unfortunately on the day we visited there was very little wind, but it was still beautiful to look at.
In Myanmar we saw one the largest bells ever cast, I can’t imagine what it might have sound like when struck. As you can see, most people feel the urge to bend down and creep inside the bell and then stand up and touch its interior. I love the girl standing behind my husband, just peeking out with a cheeky grin on her face.
These smaller bells, hung around the eaves of a temple in Thailand, were much easier to hear.
This is a print by a friend of mine entitled “bouche à l’oreille” which could be loosely translated as “gossip”
Find out what “sound” means to Ailsa and co.
A fisherman poses with his fish trap on Lake Inle, Myanmar
these fishermen have developed an unusual method of steering their boats. They balance on one leg and, with the other leg wrapped around the oar, they paddle their boats
sharing with OWPC
Did you know that there are 108 distinguishing marks on the soles of the Buddha’s feet? I certainly didn’t and it took some research to track down what the meanings are. I have to admit that I don’t know if the interpretation varies in other Asian countries. These photos were taken in Myanmar.
posted in response to Ailsa dropping a ladder on her feet.
Most of the countries we’ve visited in Asia go in for gilded decoration in a big way:
gleaming gold in Myanmar
the Shwezigon pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar
gold and white gleam in the golden temple in Amritsar, India
and white gleams at the white temple at Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thanks to Ailsa for this ‘gleaming’ challenge
While we were in Myanmar we were recommended to go to Pyin Oo Lwin which lies to the north of Mandalay. En route our driver stopped off at Pelk Chin Myaung holy cave complex. The extensive cave system is home to hundreds of Buddha statues but part of the attraction for the locals is the spring which rises inside the cave and then flows over the rocks outside providing endless photo opportunities of people getting wet or just enjoying a paddle.
A few shots taken inside the cave complex
The day trip to Pyin Oo Lwin, recommended to us by a couple we’d met in Bagan and then met again on Lake Inle, was the best trip we took. At this cave complex there were very few other tourists and everyone said hello to us, asked us to take their photo or asked if they could have their photo taken with us! Obviously a fair number of them had never seen a European before and the photo opportunity was too good to miss. We were always happy to oblige and no one objected if I asked to take their photo.
What does ‘wet’ mean to you? See how other people interpreted it here
The work of a gold beater is very hard. Each tiny piece of gold needs to be hammered for hours to achieve the required thin-ness. They can only work for a short time before having to take a rest.
The hammered sheets are then individually packaged ready for use – sometimes to be used in the making of the traditional lacquerware, sometimes to be sold in the temples where the faithful will apply the sheets to the statues of Buddha.
In some of the temples, Maha Muni for example in Mandalay, only the men may apply the gold leaf to the Buddha statues. Images of this are broadcast on big screens around the shrine. Lesser mortals like women and foreigners have to watch from afar.
Do handmade things appeal to you? Do you make a point of buying handmade things rather than mass-produced? Do you make things by hand yourself?
Sharing with Ailsa
Like Michelle I always have a camera with me – I never know when photographic inspiration will strike and I like to be prepared.
Earlier this year we went to Myanmar. We to flew to Yangon and then on to Bagan. From there we took the proverbial slow boat to Mandalay. We flew from Mandalay to Heho to visit Lake Inle and then flew back to Mandalay. In between flights there were plenty of sights to see on the way:
Part of our trip involved staying on the lake Inle where we had to travel by long-tailed boat to get to our hotel. Apart from seeing other long tail boats, the local fishermen obligingly posed, balanced on one leg, for photos with their cone-shaped fishing nets
an unposed shot of the lake fishermen
Do you shoot photos on the way or wait until you arrive at your destination?