Faces of Burma

I’ve never been to a country where more people wanted me to take their picture than in Burma. I rarely came across anyone who spoke English. Snapping someone’s photo and sharing a little giggle while they looked at the resulting picture seemed to be the perfect way to engage with people and cross the language divide between us.

Luckily for me, they’re an incredibly photogenic nation of people. The degrees of ethnic diversity amongst the Burmese make one face quite different from the next. The ever present Thanakha, a chalky cosmetic plastered on the faces of women and children, adds an extra hint of the exotic.

Even before I became a mother I loved interacting with children on my travels. Some brazen and chatty, others cheeky and shy, all curious and innocent. They make for great companions while wandering the temples of Bagan, poking through a market in Yangon or exploring the banks of the Irrawaddy.

You can see the warmth in every face. The story behind every pair of eyes. The pride in a mother showing off her child. In these, the faces of Burma.

I’ll be posting more about my journey to Burma in the coming weeks. If you think the faces of Burma are fantastic, wait until you see what this country’s temples are like!

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  1. I always love photos of people! And these are some amazing photos :) They make me nostalgic for the days when I used to work in refugee resettlement in the US. About half of the refugees we resettled were from Burma. I could always pick them out at bus stops or on the street because of their distinctive dress.

    I would love to go to Burma someday! Great post.
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