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Travel story – The three fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar

August 19, 2014

Fishermen at Inle Lake, Myanmar

December 21, 2013 – It was a chilly December morning, and Sooti and I were adrift in a wooden longboat in the middle of Inle Lake. Not that there was anything wrong with the boat’s motor; it’s just that the boat’s driver was incredibly thoughtful and considerate, and would stop or slow down whenever either of us lifted a camera to take a photo (which turned out to be quite often).

The three fishermen were initially side by side when we first spotted them, but began to move slowly apart as they continued to row along, eventually creating a nice even separation between themselves.

On a side note, I had a real sense of déjà vu after I finished processing this image. There was something familiar about it, and it was only a while later that I realised what it reminded me of – the cover of Emma Larkin’s travelogue, ‘Finding George Orwell In Burma’, a book I had read earlier in the year. I wonder if that cover had made an impression on my subconscious, causing me to process the photo in a certain way. Or maybe I just won’t admit to plagiarism. : – )

For more of our photos from Myanmar, visit our Myanmar 2013 album.

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  1. Emma Larkin’s real name is Sarah Rooney.