Captions: In the desert, South-East Iran

SONY DSC
My host walks away over 56 degree Celsius sand in the Kaluts desert, Iran

As soon as we stepped outside of the car, we were blasted with intense heat. This was the Kaluts desert (Dasht-e Luts) in South-East Iran, heading for the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. It was one of the most extreme places I’ve ever visited. This feeling was exacerbated by the fact that my hosts were high as kites on opium.

Photograph copyright © Ben McKechnie 2010

Captions: Inle Lake, Burma

IMG_7574-1-2
A fisherman steadies his boat against the side of another – Inle Lake, Myanmar.

He’s an Intha – a member of a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group living around the lake – famed for their leg-rowing technique and for living off produce grown on floating gardens. Some entrepreneurial fishermen have recently decided that it makes more financial sense to catch one fish in the morning then pose with it for tourist photos at $1 a pop. A lucrative business indeed.

Photograph copyright © Ben McKechnie 2014

Captions: Park-e Laleh, Tehran

SONY DSC
An Iranian Navy sailor and civilian friend enjoy a ‘Qalyan’ – a hookah water pipe – in Tehran’s Park-e Laleh, Iran.

It was my first full day in Tehran, so I was unsure how to answer their question ‘Do you like Iranian girls?’ Were they trying to get me into trouble? I decided to play it safe with ‘I like all girls!’

Photograph copyright © Ben McKechnie 2010

Captions: Shah-i-Zinda, Uzbekistan

At the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a local lady walks between mausoleums before disappearing around a corner – Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
At the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a local lady walks between mausoleums before disappearing around a corner – Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

The stunning blue tiles of ancient warlord ruler Tamerlane’s capital, are still made from clay and by hand to this day. His empire once stretched all the way from Turkey right down to North India. Marveling at such beauty, it’s easy to forget that in the process of spreading his empire, he is said to have killed seventeen million people.

Photograph copyright © Ben McKechnie 2014