Tonight we were visited by Mr. Portwain with his take on Myanmar (Burma for the old school) David is a very entertaining speaker (but we knew this from his many visits to this club) and he certainly felt like one of the members. Wisecracking banter, just the right level of insults and being teased back seemed to be encouraged.
His photos showed enough information to get his message across and at a level that we all felt we could emulate. His comments on his own stuff, pointing out imperfections, hopefully will make us think a moment, before we hit that shutter button.
The bits in between the laughs, paint a picture of a monetary poor nation but very rich in culture, steeped in history and religion. We stepped back into the last century and the building of the Burma railway during the war, with him conveying the working conditions and cost of life that that project took. He then took us to ‘modern’ hotels and the people. The workers making the best they can from meagre materials. The pipe maker, hat maker, fishermen and weavers giving us a slice of life as they know it. On we travelled to Yangon (Rangoon in my youth) to see the bustling port city and some of the sights there.
For me, a very good evening and what he portrayed, certainly made this a possible busmans holiday, photography wise.
Nice one David