Photographer's Note

Burmese constellations

This is the last posting for Maha Wizaya Pagoda. This bell shaped pagoda has a hollow inside and its interior is very colourful and beautiful.

In the main posting you can see a shot of the ceiling which is decorated with many different figures representing the most diverse constellations that can be seen on the sky of Burma. While visiting this part of the pagoda I noticed the lights of each constellation coming on one by one. At the end, I realised that the guardian of the pagoda turned the lights on for me and as soon as I had finished he turned them off again. This was a very kind attitude which prompted me to make a donation to the pagoda.

Another feature of the pagoda’s interior is the display of paintings representing all famous Burmese pagodas and the large collection of Buddha statuettes, made of different materials such as terracotta, timber, jade and even pure gold. The WS1 shows the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock).
The ceilings of all four entrances are decorated with paintings which represent Buddha in different daily life activities. In WS2 and WS3 you can see two of them. All the paintings are lit by spot lights which make photography very challenging.

Due to the difficult light conditions all the shots are far from being technically perfect but I still think they were worth the posting for its documental significance.

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Additional Photos by Antonio Ribeiro (ribeiroantonio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4806 W: 470 N: 6473] (22730)
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