8 Documentary Photographs from Burma
08 January 2013
Burma is in the news more and more frequently. With the United State’s president, Barack Obama, planning to visit on November 18 as the first acting United State’s president to do so. This historical event marks a new era in United States-Burmese relations as Burma makes positive steps towards a free society and democracy.
These documentary photographs date from January, 2012.
This novice Theravada monk takes breakfast at a street vendor in the town of Nyaung U.
These village boys in the Shan highlands are wearing their green school longyi uniforms. This village is near Kalaw.
These men are rafting fresh cut bamboo down a canal leading into Inle Lake and on to the market.
Three novice monks gaze curiously at passing tourists on a trek through the Shan hills near Kalaw. Orange robes are indicative of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism common in SE Asia and Tibet.
A young boy waits patiently for his father to return from the ginger field. In the hill regions in eastern Burma there are very few motorized vehicles or roads. It is common to see oxen drawn carts and villagers carrying large yokes of produce and marketable goods.
Woman peruse goods at the Shwezigon Paya market on the outskirts of the paya in Nyaung U, near Bagan.
This is a mountain village kitchen on the second story of a bamboo hut. It is complete with a fireplace, teapots, and cooking dishes.
These two Buddhist Monks are walking around Nyaung U early in the morning looking for breakfast offerings.
I plan on returning to Burma in February to cover the first Irrawaddy Literature Festival as a personal project promoting US-Burmese relations.
For more photos by Tyler Ray and his journey to Burma please visit the posts on his website.
Photographer from Seattle