As a photographer, I was trained to ‘hit the ground running’ in terms of doing assignments for magazines. I often went to places for the first time and had to come away with photographs the editors liked and could use. That taught me to quickly assess a situation, determining the best position for photographs, and to plan out a schedule by doing research ahead of time. That meant using ‘fixers’, i.e. local guides and translators who could help you arrange getting access, or simply drive you to locations in a shorter amount of time than if you tried to find them on your own!
My friend Win Kyaw Zan, who will be our guide in Myanmar (Burma) next October, just sent me these pictures from Inle Lake. These pictures were ‘arranged’ for the photographers on the tour, and it’s the sort of thing that Win is excellent at doing – interacting with the locals and helping us manifest our vision by making the logistics for pictures easier.
I’m really looking forward to having him guide us on next year’s photo tour. We are planning on many temple visits, replete with monks of all ages, many of the iconic locations including Bagan, Inle Lake, Golden Rock, as well as stops along the way for artisan, working villages, and more.
We are taking deposits now, please visit the Myanmar Page on the website for more information.
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