Myanmar Snapshots 1: Subtle Ironies
Traveling around Myanmar, I can’t help but notice the rapid progress in the telecommunication system of this country, probably to a point where it has generally become more efficient and even cheaper than those of its Asian neighbors. But, just like in many other countries, the telecommunications companies’ advertisements tend to portray situations that somehow deviate from the most common scenes and lifestyles in the area. These three photos have captured some of those subtle ironies.
In downtown Yangon, the sleepy and somewhat bored faces of early morning working class commuters directly contrast with the happy and comfortable faces portrayed by an ad behind them.
Pretty girls in modern “city girl” outfits model a mobile phone brand in a predominantly agricultural town in Bago Region.
In a remote township of Monyo, a lady checks her mobile phone as she and her companions tend to the fresh water fish they’re selling at the local market. While their clothing remain close to the traditional attires, they have started to embrace advances in modern technology.
Great post. I love the contrast in the third shot in particular. I wonder if land lines were ever available to most residents of small villages in Myanmar.