Inspiration from Bangladesh

By , May 10 17





spice seller

Spice seller

spices for sale

Spices for sale

I have recently returned from a very interesting trip to Bangladesh. I traveled by air, boat, bus train and rickshaw from the Sundarban to the Bandarban National Parks, passing through many towns and villages on the way.

I returned home with many memories and images in my mind – the frenzy and noise of the Dhaka and larger towns, the peace and tranquility of the Sundarban and countryside and the dirt and dust – but what stood out most for me was the vibrant colours some of which I share with you here. I hope you find these images as inspirational as I do.



Beautiful bourganvillea


Beautiful bourganvillea

A shot of colour amidst the dust



Getting from A to B by rickshaw is the most popular way to travel in the cities. I visited an artist in Old Dhaka who specializes in bespoke decorating


university students

University students in ‘everyday’ wear, gorgeous vibrant colours.


In the pink

In the pink, women and children outside a mosque


Shades of orange and ochre

Shades of burnt sienna, orange and ochre. Shabby chic charm, but it’s just the way it is in Bangladesh.


fish baskets for sale

Fish baskets for sale These are loaded up with fish from the holds in the fishing boats and taken to the fish markets by boy porters who carry their load on their heads.


typicl inner courtyard

Typical inner courtyard of derelict 18th century house, Panam City near Dhaka – a deserted place with Moghul, Indian and British influenced architecture.


bannister post in 18th century post

Detail of bannister post in 18th century house Panam City near Dhaka


interior tiling in Star Mosque, Old Dhaka

Interior tiling in the Star Mosque, Old Dhaka. Note the english tiling – genuine Minton tiles installed in the 19th century


water lily

Water lily, national flower of Bangladesh



A family outside their village home


Street stalls, Dhaka

Street stalls, Dhaka



Sunset in the Sundarban National Park


Morning mist

Morning mist in the Bandarban National Park


Emerald green painted door.A colour used often to paint external doors, windows and buildings too.


Seaside dressing

Dressed for a visit to the seaside

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