The image was taken in Burma (Myanmar), at Amarapura (not far from the U Bein bridge), some 11 km from Mandalay, in a Mandalay division. Picture taken in March 2005. The people on the picture are monks and novices from the Maha Gandhayon Monastery. I was just walking by. I was actually invited to play with them, but had a sprained knee and just sat there for a few hours. The novices are typically in their teens and either prepare for spending the life in the monastery, or just go there for a short period of time as a rite of passage (or sometimes to either receive schooling or spent vacation there). I suspect they like soccer... Soccer is really big in SE Asia - it doesn't require expensive equipment and it's probably a nice break from either the monastery or the politics.
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... as long as there's an advanced Maths course in a (not necessarily) nearby country. He's known for pushing friends into the most expensive photographic equipment... several family inheritances have been wasted, but they often acknowledge his smart advices. Owner of a clinical eye, he can spot perfection amidst chaos as easily as a small imperfection on a perfect photo. He's also an occasional stork stalker and, above all, a caring father of two beautiful children. Gastão's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... give us a hand. He's our Computer Science genius and is currently addicted to photographing cats. He's a natural born optimist who makes a joke out of anything... don't mess with his Toyota though. Eventually, his stocks will rise from death and he'll invest in livestock and vineyards. He's got highly trained fingers either playing the piano or shortcutting photoshop. We hope he'll stick around after marrying his college sweetheart. In the mean time, he'll dissect every submitted photograph into binary code. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal.
... would only be true if reading travel, geographic and surfing books/magazines accounted some mileage. He checks his e-mail every 2 minutes and he's often seen going cold-turkey when offline. Still divided between several walks of life, he strongly believes in Murphy's law "If anything can go wrong, it will". Photography plays a huge role in his life, at least judging by his conversation topics. Gray hair will eventually take the better of him. Pedro's current location: Covilhã, Portugal. Pedro's blog, personal/work homepage and facebook.