Smoke on the water (well, nearly…)

I’ve just been digging through a bunch of old pictures looking for something for a client, and ran across a lot of things that I liked (Hey, I like my own pictures! Phew…).  Always an interesting exercise…

Anyway, found this one from Bangladesh a couple of years ago and thought I’d put it up as part of my ‘Twenty’ series (which sort of stopped after Christmas as I’ve not really been here…).  I did post this a while back as part of a larger gallery, but wanted it to stand on its own.

This picture is from Itna in North Eastern Bangladesh, where I was working for MAF.  This village is built up on a large mud-platform, with the houses squeezed incredibly closely together. For much of the year, it’s completely surrounded by water, but we visited in the dryer part of the year, when there was a bit more land around the platform available for working on crops. These women are force-drying rice, to store for the rest of the year.

We were pushed for time here, as it was heading for the evening, and we were still a mile or more from the aircraft (in fact we had a very exciting time trying to get to the plane at all – they took off to try to find us, and we had to signal to them using my flashguns from the boat we were in…). Still like this shot though…

Twenty :: Itna, Bangladesh, November 2009 for MAF :: photo copyright Richard Hanson

Twenty :: Itna, Bangladesh, November 2009 for MAF :: photo copyright Richard Hanson

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