It was early 2016, less than two months after Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide victory in Myanmar’s democratic elections. After 50 years of military domination, the country was on the cusp of a change in government.
We were in Bagan, staying at a homely B&B which was modest by western standards but luxurious compared to local. The proprietor was a blustery woman who had done well with the growing tourist trade. When we asked her what she thought of Aung San Suu Kyi, she shrugged and said words to the effect that Suu Kyi had very little knowledge about the common people.
It occurred to me then, and not for the first time, that the view of a country differs greatly depending on where you are. The world might see a political maelstrom but at its center, the common people exist in quotidian calm. The distance between our worlds is not as great as we’d think.
This is one of my favorite street portraits. It was taken in Bagan, of a market vendor selling yams and thanaka wood. I’ve shared it before, although my WordPress search says I’ve only posted it in color as part of a collection. As a standalone portrait, I prefer the nuances of black & white.
I’m inspired by Donna in her #SundayStills post to share my favorite B&W photo along with a haiku. A haiku! That is something new for me. So even though this is a re-post of an old photo, here’s my first ever attempt at writing a haiku.
In the morning light
Many thousand miles away
She’s seen this before
Photo taken in Bagan, Myanmar in 2016
Every week I write about a person met during my travels. Whenever I can, I take pictures of people. It’s these little encounters that I remember most. In this series, I’ll share a portrait and story on who they were and where they’re from.
CadyLuck Leedy hosts the Just One Person from Around the World weekly challenge. Every Wednesday she has a new post along with links to other posts.