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Congratulations to AGeoJO for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 7 votes - View Previous Winners


I was in Myanmar a few years ago after I had opened up to tourism. Although I planned to go back shortly after but there are still plenty of places that I have not been and one thing led to the other, the plan was put on the back burner. My first visit left me impressed with the hospitality the people of Myanmar showed. Of course, the landscape, the culture and the various temples and temple locations there are so unique and absolutely worth photographing.

The people in Myanmar are very friendly. They really don't mind your taking their pictures. A big advantage of using digital cameras now, you can show them the pictures immediately. And they are really fascinated by that and it opens door. Although there is a language barrier but somehow we could communicate adequately after that.

Images of the children there were taken spontaneously, some sort of street photography. Most of the children were aware of the camera they but surprisingly they kept on doing what they were doing. I did my shooting in various open air market that we visited. It was always fun to observe their daily life there and also to take their pictures. Please note that I also took a lot of images of novice monks. They are so unique and the number of images of those young monks warrants another thread in the future.

A note to the boy in #8, 9 and 10 is the child of a clothing vendor in the market in Kyaukpadaung. I took a few images of him first. I noticed he was animated. So, when I displayed his images on the screen and showed that to him, I was prepared to take his images using a second camera. And, I am glad I did. His expression was priceless! After a few seconds, he even started kissing the monitor. His parents told me, again, using sign and body language that he does that if he sees pictures of people close to him to show affection.

Lastly, I have been following the current situation in that country in dismay. The chance of our being able to go back now is slim. We hope that the situation will get better.

Thank you for visiting and I really appreciate your feedback,
Joshua





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#1 - Postcard seller at Old Town Bagan






#2 - At open-air public bath in Yangoon





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#3 - Girl waving good-bye at the field of her parents in Pindaya





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#4 - Having breakfast across the street from Monastery in Nyaungshwe





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#5 - Open-air barbershop at a market






#6 - Girl steering a boat at Inle Lake





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#7 - Priceless expression when he saw his image on the monitor





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#8 - Did you see that?





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#9 - Spontaneously kissing the screen!





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#10 - Adorable girl at market in Kyaukpadaung



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Feb 08, 2021 at 08:30 PM
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Joshua, each and every image has so much feel to it! I hope the situation gets better for people of Myanmar. I always look forward to seeing your images and as always this set is spectacular. Thanks for sharing. 👍🏻


Feb 08, 2021 at 10:20 PM
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keepclicking wrote:
Joshua, each and every image has so much feel to it! I hope the situation gets better for people of Myanmar. I always look forward to seeing your images and as always this set is spectacular. Thanks for sharing. 👍🏻



Thank you very much for your kind words, Paul! And yes, I hope the conditions will get better over there.



Feb 08, 2021 at 10:56 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Children of Myanmar


Just fantastic Joshua!!! The little boys glee is just priceless!! Great work!! Yes the political upheaval in the Country in unsettling!

Beautiful images and what does the facial cosmetics represent? #1
Dan



Feb 09, 2021 at 10:22 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Just fantastic Joshua!!! The little boys glee is just priceless!! Great work!! Yes the political upheaval in the Country in unsettling!

Beautiful images and what does the facial cosmetics represent? #1
Dan


Thank you very much, Dan! Regardless of their age, most girls/women there put that on for sun protection. Mothers put the same sunscreen on boys, too, until those boys donít want to look like girls anymore .



Feb 09, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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Thanks for the answer Joshua. I envisioned it being a religious or social markings. Thanks for bringing the World closer!
Dan



Feb 09, 2021 at 10:33 AM
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Some of the absolute *best* of this style I have seen here on FM. Some crop too tight and lose the environment. You included just enough to tell a story in each photo

Bravo!

greg



Feb 09, 2021 at 01:28 PM
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gheller wrote:
Some of the absolute *best* of this style I have seen here on FM. Some crop too tight and lose the environment. You included just enough to tell a story in each photo

Bravo!

greg



Thank you very much for your kind words, Greg! I am very flattered and glad you like the images.

Point well taken regarding tight crop in some images. I had one camera with a zoom lens and the other with a small prime lens. I preferred the prime lens for this kind of shooting for obvious reasons but sometimes there was not enough room.



Feb 09, 2021 at 04:36 PM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Thanks for the answer Joshua. I envisioned it being a religious or social markings. Thanks for bringing the World closer!
Dan


Dan, thank you! The mother of the girl that was selling postcards in the first image has a "stand" down at the temple. I ended up buying quite a few stuff there. I also expressed interest in the facial creme. Here the mother demonstrated how to apply the creme on her daughter.



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#11 - Sunscreen application demonstration




Feb 09, 2021 at 04:44 PM
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Thanks Joshua! I thought sunscreen was just an American or Western preventative. See I can learn something new every day!
Great photo Joshua!
Thanks!
Dan



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I have been to several other Asian countries and Myanmar, at least when I was there, was one of two countries that were not spoiled by tourists. Only a few times, I encountered adults that would like to get some compensation to have their pictures taken. We were discouraged from doing so but if their look was unique and the settings were good, I did cave in just a few times .

Children, on the other hand, are still innocent. And we were asked to give them candies and a bag went a long way but after as a token of friendship.

Thank you very much for visiting and I appreciate your feedback. Here are a few additional images of Children of Myanmar then...





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#12 - Having some snack





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# 13 - A girl in Pindaya in front of a colorful field





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#14 - She likes to smile but a little bit clingy to her mother but who could blame her





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#15 - Playing with a bag of rubber band





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#16 - Happy with his toy




Feb 09, 2021 at 05:10 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Children of Myanmar


I love these. You can feel the emotion in each one. Thank you for sharing.


Feb 10, 2021 at 09:10 AM
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Just more wonderful compositions Joshua!
A simple tire, a smile, inquisitive eyes.....wonderful!
Dan



Feb 10, 2021 at 10:25 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Children of Myanmar


Great set of photos of Myanmar kids, Joshua. I really got a kick out of the boy who was thrilled to see his own picture on the monitor and ended up kissing it!


Feb 10, 2021 at 10:52 AM
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Excellent set Joshua.

Birdie



Feb 10, 2021 at 01:53 PM
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really cool. I like how you get on thier level!


Feb 10, 2021 at 04:31 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Children of Myanmar


Amazing work Joshua. Your first shot is off the charts good
Gary



Feb 10, 2021 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Children of Myanmar


Excellent! I especially love the lighting in the first shot!


Feb 10, 2021 at 09:11 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Children of Myanmar


very nice set Joshua


Feb 11, 2021 at 04:32 AM
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The pictures are awesome, great shots. What's it like to spend a week in Myanmar?


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