BANGLADESH | A Photographic Journey

Text & Photograph by : David Toft & Maureen Toft

Text & Photograph by : David Toft & Maureen Toft

 David and Maureen are celebrity photographers . David former teacher of Mathematics, Maureen from Medical services, lives in UK. They are nature lover and have intense interest in human life and culture. They have traveled round the globe to photograph people culture and nature. They are winner of numerous photographic awards. They have huge number of published works, and they exhibit an extensive range of superb pictures of nature, people, travel and landscape in UK regularly. David and Maureen traveled to Bangladesh, Singalila, Sikkim and other places of Eastern Himalaya with us. In Bangladesh they photographed the Ijetema, second most biggest Muslim pilgrim congregation after Hajj in Mecca along with the life and living of the people of Bangladesh.

The main reason for visiting Bangladesh was the Bishwa Itjema festival and, in particular, to see and photograph the pilgrims travelling to and fro on the trains.

An extraordinary sight with trains covered in people but in such a wonderfully happy atmosphere. Our guides found us a great spot at Dhaka Cantonment station, and we were able to wander freely around.

Another favourite spot for photography was Dhaka fish market and the congested streets and railway beside it.

We moved on to Chittagong and up into the Hill Tracts, journeyed by boat to several tribal villages to see their way of life before flying back to Dhaka and catching the overnight launch to Barisal. Here we explored, mainly by boat, the backwaters with villages, floating markets and enjoyed the general bustle on the waterways which never stopped.

The admin for the trip was excellent. Accomodation throughout was good although more basic in the Hill Tacts and most importantly our guides were absolutely brilliant and could not have done more for us.

Image © David Toft & Maureen Toft