Perched atop a towering temple in Bagan, I awaited the first rays of sunrise, but it was an unexpected encounter that painted the morning with true brilliance. A lovely girl, her demeanor as bright as her smile, sold vibrant T-shirts. Striking a deal for a portrait, I soon found myself adorned with a token of her artistry – a shirt that tells a story. Her beaming visage, adorned with Thanaka, a traditional tree bark paste, reflects the rich cultural tapestry of Myanmar. "Smiles of Bagan" captures this authentic connection, where smiles bridge cultures and memories are etched in vibrant colors. Photo © copyright by Rich Voninski.