Archive for March, 2013

In pictures: Chitwan national park

I just spent the last few days in Nepal’s amazing Chitwan national park, an incredible wilderness area replete with various grasslands, forests and animals.

Here are some images of what can be seen here, and a small foretaste of what I will upload to galleries once I return to Australia.

UPDATE: Gallery now available for viewing online at this link.

The elephant safari is one of the most popular activities in the park.

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Cameras for Asia: Myanmar 2013

The first leg of the February/March Cameras for Asia leg is now complete after two weeks of classes and excursions in Yangon, Myanmar. These classes were held with two enthusiastic groups of children from a youth centre on the outskirts of the city. The first kids were aged 10-14 years (about 15), the second group 14-20 years (about 20-25 kids). All are disadvantaged and often with no parents left to care for them. They receive education, food, shelter and care at the centre.

Some have now received three years of photographic instruction and they were vastly better. A far cry from the first time I went here and many had never used a camera before or taken any kind of image.  As mobile phones and other technology is introduced into Myanmar this situation is bound to reverse with time.

Eight donated cameras with numerous accessories were left for them to use. There are numerous updates posted on the Cameras for Asia Facebook page but here are some highlights.

Watermelon seller in the local market. Pic: Joshua.

 

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2014 calendar – Cameras for Asia: Myanmar

Visited Planet is pleased to announce the 2014 Cameras for Asia: Myanmar calendar utilising more than 12 superb images taken by kids aged 10-20 years from the Cameras for Asia workshops.

Size: A5 (1 month on two pages)
Retail: AUD $10 (free pickup in Auchenflower, Brisbane)
Postage: $2
Order: Email admin@visitedplanet.com for bank details or make a payment through Paypal (use “buy now” button and please email to confirm order details)


If you are in downtown Yangon the 50th Street Bar and Cafe is also selling them.

Here are some of the pages from the calendar.

Cover and back page of 2014 calendar.

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Living history: new images from Yangon

Visited Planet has spent the last few weeks in Myanmar, mostly doing work with Cameras for Asia and running photographic workshops and excursions. Numerous images are posted on the Cameras for Asia Facebook page taken by Yangon children.

There was little time to take images of my own but I seized the rare moment to get these shots. Any time spent in Yangon is like taking a step back into Asia’s past. Crumbling colonial buildings, groaning infrastructure and ancient sights and smells are a reality in this old city. There’s a magic here that’s unattainable in the rest of the developing region of Asia now. Even in the four years  I’ve been visiting much has changed, development is coming and life is changing – often for the better but with a certain sense of nostalgia.

Buddhist nuns by Shwedagon pagoda.

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