Photographer's Note

This one's clearly an echo to your previous upload, Francis ;-D ... Perhaps my critique was also influenced by the conditions and the light I experienced on my own. Anyway I like this kind of lateral soft light.


Mandalay market, fourth floor, here's the place where the cheap market tailors operate. Anything you give them is made within an hour where home it would take a week at best if you're in good terms with the boss.

One of my best purchases in Myanmar was a burmese side shoulder bag tailor made to the dimensions of the padding of my photo bag. Hence I could remove it from the unconvenient backpack my photo rig was tucked in, have all my lenses a move of the hand away and say goodbye to backsweating.

As days where passing by in Burma I more and more had the look of a monk, I first noticed I wore similar tongs to the official monks model, then I had the burmese side bag. A week later, I would have considered shaving my head, two weeks more and I'd write this caption in Pali... naaah maybe not...

The best part was the cost of my handmade photo bag : 1,70USD for the whole piece of heavy duty cloth (and I gave back half of it), 0,30 USD for the measuring and sewing :-0 ...

When we paid the girl who sewed my bag, I had in mind the price I paid for a taxi in Paris taking us home to the airport : 65 Euros, about 80USD... the taxi driver didn't even say hello or thanks or sorry when we almost had an accident as he drove up on a sidewalk "he didn't notice" (???)... while Asia is 0,30 USD and a smile away.

In these two experiences, nothing to compare of course... just perspectives, slices of life in different countries, thoughts as fall and winter are breathing on my neck...

I think tomorrow I will go out eating at a thai restaurant next door.. in need for some nam plaa urgently...

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