Memories of Myanmar
Yes folks, its me. Though, from one point of view, its me as I was not as I am (or, for LOTR fans "Saruman as he should have been"). This is an older image from the vault and one of the few pics I have of me. The photo was made while on a trek in December 1999 in Myanmar (Burma). It's not 100% sharp, but it was taken by my local guide, so let's not be too critical.
Memories and photography are strongly interlinked. The photograph is made both as a record of important days, events and places we've visited as well as a tool my which we can re-visit those days which, outside of photographic proof, exist only in our memories.
From a Buddhist point of view what is past like future cannot be real. Where we are, both physically and emotionally, right now is all that's important. By being in the moment we are able to experience the only reality, as opposed to one re-assembled from our past or imagined into our future. Given that the next second could be our last, NOW really is all there is.
Yet memories are important to us. They provide a sense of who we are and from where we have come. They give us continuity. The trick is not to dwell in the past, but to learn from it and rejoice in the journey so far. That sounds like a good preparation for being still, being present and existing outside of thought and time, in the moment.
Here's to memories and some basic Buddhist truths.
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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru