What? It’s only
November and my 2015 calendars are almost ready??! Yes, gentle reader, in a rare instance of advance planning, I have managed to pick out twelve of my favourite photographs from the past year, and the printers are working their magic on them as I type (well, probably not, given that it’s 8pm on a Monday evening, but I can hope…)
The pictures I’ve selected were all taken in Kayin or Kachin State in Myanmar, or Tibet and Xinjiang in China. All four regions have been afflicted by long-running ethnic conflicts, and yet – despite all the difficulties faced in their daily lives – I found the local people incredibly welcoming, the scenery often bewitchingly beautiful, and it’s those qualities that I hope to share in this calendar.
If you would like to buy one (or two, or…), you can do so in my very bare “Shop“, where, for the princely sum of HK$138 (or £11, US$18, €14) plus postage it can be yours!
All profits will be donated to people I met while I was in Myanmar earlier this year; to Ma Myat in Hpa’An whose father, a soft-spoken gentle man, has been stricken with pneumonia; to Sein Win in Bhamo, a 72-year old self-taught engineer and part-time tour guide who hopes to build an airplane (don’t laugh, he’s already had a stab at making a helicopter) so that he can, in his words, “see the world before I get too old”; and to Mr Book, in Hsipaw, who donates supplies to country schools and gives succour (in the form of his revivifying ginger tea) to footsore travellers.
May 2015 be a good year for them, and for us all!
Soundtrack: “Calendar Song” by Boney M
**Update**: Anyone want to see minuscule versions of the final picture selection? Here you go then…