The U Bein bridge was built in 1784 using paired teak pillars supporting a series of cross beams and planks. It is nearly a mile long and crosses a lake near Mandalay in Burma (Myanmar). A busy bridge with people crossing all the time it also attracts travellers and is particularly popular with photographers, who photograph it from ground or water level, mostly with the setting sun in the background and, with luck, a monk crossing in silhouette. The travel agent based in London (her brother does the research in Burma) when she saw this photo said “I have seen lots of photos of this bridge but have always wondered what it is like when walking across”. Here it is with the obligatory, almost, Monk and no one else.
Interestingly there was an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum last year (2015) of photographs taken by Captain Linnaeus Tripe in Burma in 1855. Only some 16 years after Fox-Talbot announced his discovery of the negative/positive photographic process. Tripe was a captain in the British army, he joined the East India Company and was posted to India. Whilst there he was appointed photographer to an official mission to the kingdom of Ava covering most of the area known as Burma. Amongst the photographs he took is one similar to this one with two people sitting on the right but no monk!
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