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Rangoon’s most famous Pagoda. This image was taken in 1984, before the demonstrations and elections that resulted in the power grab by the present military junta. Nikon FM2, Nikkor 28mm lense, kodachrome slide film.
Featured on Home Page, July 6, 2009…

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buddhism, burma, chedi, monk, monks, myanmar, pagoda, religion, temple

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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Comments

  • maremarie
    maremarieabout 5 years ago

    The composition is perfect here, and those tones are amazing. I wonder what became of the monks.

  • Thanks for your comment maremarie. The fate of the monks, particularly those that dared to resist, under the present regime is a worry.

    – John Spies

  • maremarie
    maremarieabout 5 years ago

    Yes, it’s a real shame what’s going on in this beautiful country. Makes my stomach turn.

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...about 5 years ago

    another lovely image … beautiful folio, excellent photojournalism

  • Thanks Judith, I have done some photojournalism in the past…but basically I think most photos have a bit of a story behind them and it adds to the image if this is told.

    – John Spies

  • PetaRidley
    PetaRidleyabout 5 years ago

    Your shots are amazing, John…

    x

  • Thats a nice comment, thanks

    – John Spies

  • Daidalos
    Daidalosabout 5 years ago

    Another impressive photo. Love this old photo (1984) very much. The monks look so nice and peaceful. And even happy. Tells a (sad?) story… If you think a little bit about the context in Burma… I dont know very much, but the little I know is not good…

  • Hopefully it has hit rock bottom and things can only get better, the people of Burma deserve it.

    – John Spies

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellabout 5 years ago

    Such interesting views of other cultures. Lovely images to take me out of the boredom of NJ!

  • Just a plane ride away…

    – John Spies

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloabout 5 years ago

    Congratualtions on the home page feature John! This is incredibly beautiful image :-)

  • Thanks so much Angie, i just woke up and saw this. Wow.

    – John Spies

  • MrJoop
    MrJoopabout 5 years ago

    Hooray! Hooray!! On the front page. Good one!!!

  • Thanks Joop, someone must like me, it is a great honour

    – John Spies

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your home page feature. July 6th 2009.

  • Really appreciated Kylie, thanks for the congrats

    – John Spies

  • KellyThomas
    KellyThomasabout 5 years ago

    The people of Burma are beautiful. May they have peace soon.

  • Lovely sentiments, thanks Kelly

    – John Spies

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