Yangon / Myanmar
Shwe Dagon is a sanctuary of calm in the chaos of Yangon. Years ago I met a monk at this temple, a man who convinced me that tourism can lead to change in his country. So far his prediction have proved right. I enjoy sharing my insights into Myanmar with photographers, and I enjoy the gentle neature of the people. Above all, Shwe Dagon Pagoda is a place of peacefulness, where prayers are offered in kindness to others.
If you want to read about why I began travelling to Myanmar with photo tours, please follow this link to the story of Uttama, a monk I met while wandering the golden shrines of Shwe Dagon Pagoda. I met him several months before Aung San Suu Kyi announced a new policy towards to tourism and inviting the outside world to see what was happening in Myanmar.
These images were taken during the 2013-14 Myanmar Photo Tour, shot with a Nikon Df with a 50mm f/1.8 and 24mm f/1.4.
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."