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Mingalaba – Hello from Myanmar

It has been a while since I last posted and it was for a very good reason – A two week workshop in Myanmar with Steve McCurry.  I have been a fan of Steve’s portraits from National Geographic and from Magnum and had wanted to be able to spend time with him to learn from the Master himself.  His workshop also allowed me to visit Myanmar which had been on my high priority visit list since it remains the last country in Southeast Asia that is almost entirely untouched and is also one of the most devoutly Buddhist countries left on earth. With the release from house arrest of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, more and more people are wanting to visit this magical place.  Luxury Travel Magazine recently listed Myanmar as one of the Top 11 trends in 2011, and so it was best to visit before the tourist buses arrived and all was lost.

Over the next few weeks I will sort through my many pictures and organize them in themes as well as write about the workshop itself.  Here is a quick edit of a sight that may be familiar to you.

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