Pho­tographed “Bagan Bound,”

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Fif­teen years af­ter his first visit to Myan­mar, Jakartabased pho­tog­ra­pher Martin Westlake says he was thrilled to head back to the coun­try and to cruise up the Ir­rawaddy River from Yan­gon to Bagan. “The ad­van­tage of trav­el­ing by boat is that it gave us ac­cess to towns and vil­lages that are way off the beaten path. One morn­ing I headed out be­fore sun­rise with a guide to shoot a wide view of the river at dawn from atop the ru­ins of an oth­er­wise in­ac­ces­si­ble 19th-cen­tury fort. Un­for­tu­nately, I be­came so en­grossed with cap­tur­ing the beau­ti­ful scene that I was obliv­i­ous to the boat’s klaxon and held up our de­par­ture. The cap­tain was not pleased.”

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