A Ride to Work

A group of women on board a dump truck on their way to a road construction site in Kyaukkyi Township in the Bago Region of Myanmar.

Myanmar’s “WoW”

February 2016:  Traveling towards a township on a provincial road in Myanmar, I was scanning the roadside scenery for some good photos when I spotted something on the road that I initially did… Continue reading


A group of Myanmar women wearing traditional hats form a small huddle as they wait to start the days work. Women comprise a significant portion of the labor force in Myanmar’s construction sector,… Continue reading

Girl at the Cafe

She was minding her baby brother as her parents were attending to early morning customers at their small cafe in downtown Kyaukkyi but quickly agreed to pose for a photo even before I… Continue reading

Thanaka Lady

Her face is fully covered, in artistic brush strokes, with the natural cream called “thanaka”.  Believed to enhance cosmetic beauty and provide protection from sunburn, women and girls in Myanmar routinely apply the… Continue reading

A Cosmetics Brand Called Thanaka?

At first glance, one would think that these ladies are either acting in a stage play or modeling a brand of cosmetics… But, traveling to a number of urban and rural places in… Continue reading

A Monk’s Life 3

    Author’s Note: This is the final part of this short series.  The full articles about Yangon and the Shwedagon Pagoda were posted in the last 2 Sundays.

Myanmar’s Sweeping Shwedagon

February 2016:  It was only 6:00 am and yet the parking lot of the Shwedagon complex was already crowded.  It was my very first trip to Yangon and I was leaving the country… Continue reading

A Monk’s Life 2

    Author’s Note: This short series features images of meditating Buddhist monks at the Golden Pagoda (Shwedagon) of Yangon, Myanmar.  A full article about the Shwedagon will shortly follow.

Yangon – A First Glimpse

A photo essay about the colorful capital of Myanmar (Burma)

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