Fisherman in Bagan

Irrawaddy River

From centuries the life along the riverbanks of Irrawaddy river in Myanmar doesn’t change too much. Below I put some photos that testimony and documenting this charming river where the people living most part or their life. In this environment they travel, pray, fishing, working maybe looking their kids play. I hope that photos inspire you.

Be Prepare to Photograph Irrawaddy River

Before arrive to photograph Myanmar get sure to be prepare for this country. Even it has open to tourism some years ago, there are some issues that you need to know, especially if you are first timer. For a Photographer is really important know what you want really shooting at. When you have the focus on some subjects, then you will find where. Usually my first step to be prepare is to look a map of the area and how many itinerary choice i have to make. Then i start to read about history, culture and contemporary issues. So i will take some information about rules and social behavior. Then i will search for works made by greater photographers. Indeed from them you will be learning a lot of things. Take notes and made a checklist. Finally, be sure you have the right traveling photography equipment. If you stop in Bangkok, maybe is the place you can find all the gear you need before travel here.

When Go

The best time to visit most of Myanmar is from November to February as it is neither too hot to walk around due to the cool breeze that blows in. March to May, on the other hand, are boiling hot, especially in the plains near Bagan and Mandalay. Also try to avoid visiting Myanmar from June to September. During this time,especially from July to September, the wet season is in full swing.

Other Subject in Myanmar to Photograph

Photography in Myanmar outside of the cities can be really amazing. Indeed this country has some beautiful landscapes like Inle lake. Also the interesting interplay between the unspoiled jungles and the carefully manicured rice fields is a beautiful compositional opportunity. Other subject to focus on are the people. In some area still some of really interesting and amazing ethnicities. Don’t forget to look the markets and the street stalls full of food places all around the country.

Visa

Everyone requires a visa. Single-entry tourist visas last 28 days. In the last years the government introduce the evisa. So Citizens of 100 countries can apply online for tourist visas via Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population website. The cost is 50 Dollars.

Be responsible in Irrawaddy River

Ever we have to photograph people in a responsible, ethical and respectful way. Before each trip everyone has to inform and take regarding the seriousness of the sanctions in that country. Also you can read my article about responsible travel photography.

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