The Faces of Myanmar

BY ONEIKA RAYMOND

A photo post dedicated to some of the people I came across in Myanmar.

Connecting with local people is probably one of the greatest joys I derive from travelling.  I love the learning and sharing that stem from unexpected conversations, or, when linguistic barriers prevent words, from trading smiles and gestures.

Consequently, I love taking pictures of those with whom I have had an exchange.  These captures are always a great reminder of the funny, solemn, or sometimes uncomfortable moments we have shared.

One thing I noticed as I was taking pictures, however:  the diversity of the faces in Myanmar. It surprised me. While I didn’t exactly have an idea of what Burmese people would look like, I certainly didn’t expect all of the different physical characteristics of the people I encountered. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have been surprised — Myanmar is bordered by China, Laos, Thailand, India, and Bangladesh.

A while back I did a faces of India post — now, a sampling of the faces of Myanmar.

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Have you ever gone somewhere with a preconceived notion of how people would look and then been surprised by the reality?

SHARING IS CARING

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65 Comments

  • I have a friend whose father is Burmese but he looks Indian so like I had a perceived notion that Burmese people have typical Asian looks. While living in Indonesia, many Indonesians thought I was African or Papuan because of my dark skin and are genuinely taken aback when I tell them I’m from the UK.

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  • This is a beautiful photo essay Oneika! I really, really want to travel to Myanmar and this post makes me want to go even more!

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  • Lovely! And yes, I agree, it makes me want to go.

    I can’t remember a time that I went somewhere and was particularly surprised by the way people look. That is probably because I don’t particularly remember, though, and not as much because I didn’t think it.

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    • The yellowish patches on their face is ‘thanaka’. A pasty like substance grinded from wood bark. Good for the skin, cooling sensation and yes also used as a sun block.

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  • I really love this Oneika! I’ve been starting to take more pictures of people as I travel and it is a nice reminder of the jokes or conversation had.

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  • You have captured some incredible portraits. I too love the diversity of the faces. I just arrived in India last night (it’s almost 5 am right now and I can’t sleep so I’m catching up on blogs and having snacks haha)… so I am going to pore over some of your India posts in the coming days including your faces of India. I just love portraits but can find it intimidating to ask sometimes. How did you find the people in India to react? So far, in one day here, I’ve just gotten a lot of stares (which I’m surprised hasn’t bothered me) but no one has asked for a photo.

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  • You capture faces beautifully. I love seeing the surroundings as well 🙂 It gives us reader-strangers a glimpse as to who the people are and what they do for work!

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  • These photographs are beautiful Oneika. I’m not surprised that the people of Myanmar are so varied. Similar to Singapore, the people are a mix of different cultures, religions and ethnicities.
    I would say that the faces I was most surprised by, were the faces in India. One forgets that India isn’t just a country but a subcontinent too.
    Love it!

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  • Lovely photos, you’re great at capturing people. I was in Myanmar recently but didn’t see much since I was at an orphanage.

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