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Myanmar Photo Gallery

Shwedagon Paya in Yangon - A Lorenz Berna Photography of Myanmar

Myanmar Photo Gallery

Myanmar : an iconic travel photography.

Myanmar, The Golden Land, is living nowadays, a deep transformation.
Of its politics, its economy, its values, its models…
Guardian of the Dhamma -Buddha’s original spiritual teaching- the country has now opened up to Capitalism and globalisation. Let’s hope that not only new clothes, foods & goods are entering the country but new real Freedoms…
A country with a fascinating, deep culture and a beautiful people. However a people so spiritually free and yet still so politically muzzled : Freedom of thoughts opposed to Freedom of expression.

Despite that, as a traveller, a very subtil and somehow spiritual energy seems to flow in all your body and thoughts. Indeed, the country of pure Buddhism seems to deeply influence the visitor, whether you want it or not. Is it thanks to the mantras spread in the air day and night by the temples, is it thanks to the people’s authentic and strong faith or is it thanks to the generosity of this same people? The fact remains that you feel (kind of) at home there, if you stay open-minded.

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Karma and qualities

In Myanmar, we have been won over the population’s qualities. These qualities that make a poor street food maker offer you breakfast on your first day. I will remember forever the simple and authentic joy in the eyes of this total stranger who fed us for a meal.
For them, rules the power of Karma, or the way to accomplish as many good actions as possible in order to prepare themselves a better future (In this Life, as the others to follow). The power of being good to others. Do Good, Be Good. And have Good in return.
A simple unwritten Humanity Law that builds a healthy Community.

In Myanmar, we might have felt people being quite more introverted than in other countries in Asia, usually already quite reserved. But we felt a strong humanity, a deep respect and a real compassion. I guess this is what really stands out in Myanmar : its People and its Spiritual Life, alongside its remaining traditional lifestyle, although in a modernizing contexte.

Traditions Vs Globalisation

Having been closed for decades, with very few ways to access the outer world, the country has remained much traditional. However, international compagnies and brands are now rushing there to establish themselves. Myanmar is catching up with modernism and Globalisation has finally arrived in Myanmar, for the worst and the best…
The worst, same as everywhere else in the World, is tthe loss of its singular culture rooted on spiritual, moral values.
The best, would be more freedom and opportunities for the People. More access to informations and knowledge of any kind, more exchanges of people and competences. More diversity.
However, until dictatorships rule the country, speaking about real freedom and opportunities would be unfortunately quite relative…

2500 years ago, Gautama the Buddha taught a universal, non-sectarian and practical way to liberate ourselves from suffering (The Eightfold Path & The Vipassana meditation – dhamma.org). Just as the impermanent character of all things (Anicca). However, let’s hope that this spiritual and moral heritage will persist, in this modern transition.
Indeed, if Myanmar would do so, that will be a beautiful example of an ideal healthy modern society!

Myanmar travel photography : a perfect mix of genders

A land in evolution, in-between tradition and modernism, with a fascinating culture and absolutely photogenic faces, mnystic places and hectic cities : a land of of street photography, portrait photography and more generally travel photography. Myanmar travel photography is indeed one of the remaining jewel of its gender…

[  Photos by Lorenz Berna, Text by Florence Lepavec  ]
Air Baloons at sunrise over Bagan temple area - A Lorenz Berna Travel Photography of Myanmar
The hot air balloons rising over Bagan Temples area at sunrise with the morning mist covering the ground, are really an iconic and unforgettable view.
The U Bein Bridge near Mandalay - A Lorenz Berna Photography of Myanmar
The 1.2 kilometre U Bein Bridge crossing the Taunghaman Lake near Mandalay, is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.
The Bagan valley at dawn, Myanmar
The Bagan temples valley at dawn.
Hot Air Ballons in Bagan, for the transport of tourists on sunrise tours, Myanmar
Hot Air Ballons in Bagan, for the transport of tourists on sunrise tours.
Sunset on the river of Hpa An, in the Karen state, Myanmar
Sunset on the river of Hpa An, in the Karen state.
Thilashins Buddhist Nuns on an alms giving round across Yangon city - A Lorenz Berna Travel Photography of Myanmar
Thilashins Buddhist Nuns on an alms giving round across the city. "Thilashin" means "possessor of morality".
A seller of birds seeds waiting for customers in a street of Yangon, Myanmar
A seller of birds seeds waiting for customers in a street of Yangon. Feeding birds is one of the practices used by Buddhist worshippers to gain merits and purify their own karma.
Farmer guiding her cows to the fields in Bagan - A Lorenz Berna Travel Photography of Myanmar
Farmer guiding her cows to the fields in Bagan temple area.
OxCart crossing the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar.
Two farmers on an oxcart are crossing the Taungthaman Lake, near Amarapura in Myanmar.
Silhouettes at sunset on the U-Bein bridge in the region of Mandalay - A Lorenz Berna Photography of Maynmar
Silhouettes at sunset on the U-Bein bridge in the region of Mandalay.
Couple just married, paying homage to the Buddha.
After having worshipped the Bhudda inside the Phyathada Pagoda in Bagan, this just married young couple is on their way to celebrate the wedding with their family & friends.
Burmese children laughing.
Burmese children playing.
YOung boy in meditation in Myanmar
Young children in meditation.
Shwedagon Paya at sunset.
The golden Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, at sunset.
Two friends on a wooden canoe are sailing at dusk on the calm water of the Irrawaddy River - A Lorenz Berna photography of Myanmar.
Two friends are sailing on a wooden canoe at dusk on the calm water of the Irrawaddy River.
Women Farmers in Bagan, Myanmar.
Women farmers in Bagan.
Workers pouring tar on a road in Myanmar
Workers pouring tar on a road.
Fish street stall in Bagan.
Fish street stall in Bagan.
Seller carrying her food tray on her head in Yangon, Myanmar.
Street food seller carrying her breakfast set on her head, in Yangon.
Silhouettes of Young Burmese Boys next to the traditional handicraft made by the local people in Bagan Region, Myanmar
Silhouettes of young Burmese Boys in front of a street stall of local handicraft in Bagan Region.
A young couple on a bridge near the Sule Pagoda of Yangon - A Lorenz Berna Travel Photography of Myanmar
A young couple enjoying the city view from a bridge facing the famous Sule Pagoda of Yangon.
Shwedagon Paya in Yangon - A Lorenz Berna Photography of Myanmar
The Golden buddhist pagoda 'Shwedagon Paya', from afar, shot at sunset. Photo by Lorenz Berna.

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