moderated Case Study: Land of Pagodas

Dan Margulis

Two of our last three case studies, plus the eleventh, optional one, have to do with civilizations that antedate Western European influence. Our first stop is the shot I promised you when we started work on Sunset on the Beach.
Myanmar, f/k/a Burma, is home of some of the kindest and friendliest people in the world, also the most devoted practitioners of Buddhism. We find ourselves at dawn in the Bagan district, home to several thousand religious structures, some of which are a thousand years old. 
As with Sunset on the Beach, a large swath of this original is much too dark, and we have an infinite number of possibilities for interpretation. Unlike Sunset on the Beach, complaints about the incompetence of the photographer won't cut it, as this one was shot by Vincent Versace.
In spite of its rich history, and its wealth of natural resources, the country has suffered perhaps more than any other in the world over the last two centuries, having to react to occupations by greedy foreign powers, disastrous cyclones, civil wars that have been going on for more than 70 years, and a brutal, corrupt military government. So, there is room to make this a sad picture as well as a happy one.
You may wish to review an article in the Atlantic magazine, which has two dozen large photos of the area and should give some ideas on how to proceed.
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