Holi Festival

I still have some series from Burma to post but thought I would show today my first shots in India, in honour of the Holi...
I still have some series from Burma to post but thought I would show today my first shots in India, in honour of the Holi Festival. Also named Festival of Colours, Holi is celebrated on full moon and marks the beginning of Summer. Bonfires are lit, offrands are made and dances close that first night of celebration. This series shows the making of the bonfire, the rituals around it and finally, the bonfire at night.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Inwa

The capital of Burma during 500 years, Inwa is nowadays a quiet countryside region. It is part of a concurred touristic route that starts in...
The capital of Burma during 500 years, Inwa is nowadays a quiet countryside region. It is part of a concurred touristic route that starts in the city of Sagaing, another former capital and now and important religious center. After crossing a river on a small boat and escaping the flurry of street sellers, the day ends with a horse kart ride among temples and farmers of Inwa. No capital lasts forever.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

2 pictures and an experiment

I am doing a little experiment (full disclosure in a few weeks). If you are willing to participate, have a look at the two following...
I am doing a little experiment (full disclosure in a few weeks). If you are willing to participate, have a look at the two following pictures. Then head to my facebook page and vote for your favorite one in the dedicated poll. Feel also free to add any comment on the reasons of your choice, that will help. Thanks ! (click on pictures for high res) Edit : I did not realize that some of you do not use Facebook, so feel free to let me know your choice in the comments section, that works too ! A) Kids of...

The chase

It is 6:30 am, once again I got up early to take advantage of the wonderful sunrise light in Bagan. I therefore head for a...
It is 6:30 am, once again I got up early to take advantage of the wonderful sunrise light in Bagan. I therefore head for a temple close to the hotel. When I get there, it is deserted and the first rays of sun hit the top of the Golden dome. I sit and contemplate the amazing site for a few minutes. Suddenly, I hear the barks of a seemingly panicked dog and soon see him race full speed across the temple court. A little monk runs after him, screaming words whose meaning I not hard to guess. He finally corners...

Mandalay

Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma. Yet, you always get the feeling to be in a big village since there is virtually no...
Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma. Yet, you always get the feeling to be in a big village since there is virtually no downtown. It is also the home of tens of thousands monks, so you'll cross way with them at every street corners. Note that the girl on the first picture sells gasoline. Definitely not a refreshing local cocktail.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Cities of Kings

The region of Mandalay is home to several cities that once were the capital of Burma. Few of the palaces remain as they were all...
The region of Mandalay is home to several cities that once were the capital of Burma. Few of the palaces remain as they were all built in wood, yet hundreds of stone temples and monasteries still stand firmly. This being said, the best view is still from the hill overlooking Mandalay. The sunset is a must there. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph