Saturday, January 31, 2015

Faces on Friday - Myanmar

This post consists of  some of a series of  photographs that first appeared on my photography blog, which is now closed. I am now amalgamating these photos into Travel Tales where the series will appear in future. If you wish to view earlier photos from other countries please visit LindyLouMac's World in Photos as today I have just reposted those from Myanmar.


Faces On Friday - Shopping in Yangon - Myanmar - Burma


I was fortunate to visit this fascinating and beautiful country recently and I came home with thousands of photographs, plenty of material for this regular Friday post.

Are you grateful not to have to carry your shopping home like this? I certainly am, although I am sure it would be good for ones posture!

Faces On Friday - Monk at Shwedagon Pagoda - Myanmar - Burma





Those of you that read my Travel Tales blog will know that at the moment I am posting about a trip to the beautiful and interesting country of Myanmar. The people are very friendly and I added many people portraits to my collection. Today for Faces on Friday I feature another portrait from Myanmar, a Monk at the Shwedagon Pagoda. This lovely smiley gentleman approached my daughter and me, as Westerners we soon discovered that the Monks love to chat and use their often excellent English. We had a long chat to this one and he was more than happy to pose for us. 

Faces On Friday - Ladies at Work - Shwedagon Pagoda - Myanmar - Burma


Those of you that read my Travel Tales blog will know that at the moment I am posting about a trip to the beautiful and interesting country of Myanmar. The people are very friendly and I added many people portraits to my collection. Today for Faces on Friday I feature another study from Myanmar, ladies hard at work cleaning the marble at Shwedagon Pagoda


Faces On Friday - Cheroot Smoking Lady - Myanmar


During our travels in Myanmar we often saw ladies smoking cigars, technically Cheroots, as they are a cylindrical cigar with both ends clipped during manufacture. During our visit we did in fact on another occasion see them being manufactured, but I will save those photos for another post. Although also smoked in other countries cheroots are most commonly associated with Myanmar by the British, maybe because smoking them was so widespread in the colonial days. They also feature in George Orwell's novel Burmese Days and Kipling's MandalayThe photo I have shared today was taken during a visit to Maha Muni Pagoda .

Faces On Friday - Youth to Maturity - Myanmar - Portraits 








. Portraits of lovely Burmese people from youth to maturity.

Faces On Friday - World at Work - Ferry Ticket Office - Myanchan Jetty - Mandalay - Myanmar


























A couple of weeks ago for my World at Work feature I posted photos of the famous Star Ferry in Hong Kong. I came across this photo when I was writing the next post for Travel Tales which is about a trip to Mingun from Mandalay. It struck me just how very different the World of Work is for these young ladies in comparison to those Hong Kong Ferry Sailors.





The second photo is of my daughter and myself with the 'Tourist Police', there to make sure everything went smoothly and that we caught the right ferry! They were very keen to be photographed with us, they are so excited that more people are now visiting their beautiful country. I thought it made a good subject for 'Faces On Friday'

Faces On Friday - Buddhist Monk and Family - Yangon - Myanmar


In Myanmar there is a long tradition of temporary ordination of Buddhist monks and married men can traditionally return to the monastery from time to time, provided they have their wives' permission. As seen in this next photo, where the wife and daughter are proudly walking along behind this monk.   This photo previously appeared in my post entitled Yangon - Further First Impressions of Myanmar - Burma on my Travel Tales blog.

Faces On Friday - Buddhist Monks - Myanmar

Buddhist Monks in Myanmar.


Faces on Friday - Young Lovers - Myanmar




































Young lovers enjoying lunch in the park in Yangon, Myanmar.

These photos were taken during my trip to Myanmar over Christmas and New Year 2013/14.  Yes still sharing photos from this fabulous trip one year on, I took so many!


Faces on Friday - Buddhist Monk - Waiting For Sunset - Bagan - Myanmar




As mentioned above, I will be continuing with this series here on the Travel Tales blog, but I doubt it will be every week! I hope you my readers will find these posts of interest.


19 comments:

  1. A lovely set of photos. They're all fascinating as they show a different way of life, but many of the people you've encountered were obviously very friendly.

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    1. The Burmese were indeed extremely friendly everywhere we went. This is a country I would love to return to if I ever get the opportunity to do so.

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  2. Especially drawn to the little girl who is carrying the baby, and also the monk who is in his prayerful meditative sitting position. All of these have so much character. Great shots and glad you are resharing them! hOpe that you are well Lindy!

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    1. I am well thankyou, delighted you enjoyed the photos and that you are still visiting my blog.

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  3. Great post and love the photos. The top one is so typical of Africa where they carry everything on their head. Keep well Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, I get great pleasure from my photography.

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  4. Hello,

    What a fabulous series of photographs of Burma and its people. This is a country we have never visited and know little about but its culture seems to us to be on so many levels that it is rich indeed. One day perhaps.....

    We have followed you from your past blog and look forward to travelling with you on your next adventures!

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    1. I cannot recommend Myanmar highly enough, if it appeals to you it is well worth a visit. Thankyou so much for continuing to follow my life adventures.

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  5. i remember a few of these, my favorite is the smoking lady and 2nd is the little girl holding the baby

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    1. The people were so friendly and obliging when it came to photographing them.

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  6. beatiful shots of unusual every day life!

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    1. Thanks Ola, certainly a very different every day life to ours!

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  7. Hello Linda, Love the photos .. as Ola said unusual everyday life . I could not imagine having to do my shopping like this .. they must have a lot of strength,. Love the Monks photos , lots of smiles going on there. I have never thought of visiting this country or many others you have been to. but will never say never. Take care xox

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    1. Hi Anne, so pleased that you are enjoying armchair travelling with me.

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  8. I remember most of these and continue to be in awe of your skill at making portraits. And grateful for your generous sharing!

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    1. Thankyou Sallie for your continuing support, which is much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks Rajesh, pleased you enjoyed them.

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