2018 Projects

Myitkyina photo workshop

Mae Sot, Thailand, to Yangon, Myanmar, Yangon to Myitkyina.  It takes all day to fly to northern Kachin State, 2 airplanes, lots of wait time in airports, so we arrived late in the afternoon of May 9. Greeted by our friends Maggie and Tara and a bunch of pink paper roses!

Pink paper roses

Pink paper roses

The next morning, our guest house owner drove us out to the orphanage, about 5  kms out of town, where we met our 10 students, but no translator! What to do?  Lum Tse, one of the participants, said she could translate if we spoke slowly, so we started in.  A half hour later, the orphanage’s assistant director, showed up and offered to translate, ‘but I’ve never done it before!’. he said  La Htoi turned out to be an excellent translator, attentive, enthusiastic, who doubled as our go-fer, taking image files to print shop, buying me a card reader when I discovered I’d forgotten mine in Mae Sot… nothing was too much trouble.

The community-run orphanage

The community-run orphanage

Happy running photo: Ji Ja

Happy running
photo: Ji Ja

Home photo: Lum Tse

Home
photo: Lum Tse

One flower photo:  Lum Tse

One flower
photo: Lum Tse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By now we had bicycles, wobbly ones, but they got us to the orphanage and back.  The scariest part of the trip was negotiating the one round-about where we had to make a left hand turn through a stream of cars, motorbikes, trucks, the odd cow… Our students always had water and a snack waiting to revive us when we arrived, and of course, there was a cold Myanmar beer waiting back at the guest house when we returned!

 

Preparing a meal photo: Hkawng Naw

Preparing a meal
photo: Hkawng Naw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paying attention photo:  Lu Aung

Paying attention
photo: Lu Aung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green bamboo photo: Myo La Na Naw

Green bamboo
photo: Myo La Na Naw

We had a day off on Sunday, so Maggie and Tara took us to the Irawaddy river and the market, followed by ice cream at Nylon ( short for New York and London and with a branch in Mandalay!)

Irrawaddy River

Irrawaddy River

Lunch at the market

Lunch at the market

We finally had to get a guy to cut off the bike lock because it refused to unlock itself!

Tryng to unlock our  4 bikes

Tryng to unlock our 4 bike

Lucky Bakery, where the croissants are cut into bite-size chunks provided additional sustenance on the ride home from the workshop:

 

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Mystery photo assignment photo: Seng Ja Sam

Mystery photo assignment
photo: Seng Ja Sam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping photo:

Sleeping
photo: Seng Ja Sam

Portraits, human or otherwise:

photo:  Hkun Mai

photo: Hkun Mai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our rabbit photo: La Nu

Our rabbit
photo: La Nu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo:

photo:  La Ra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo:

photo:  Lu Aung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photo:  Su Hting Aung

 

One morning, before the workshop, we taught the Nelken Line dance to a bunch of 7 and 9 year olds who were at Maggie’s summer day program.  Hilarious!

The youngest Neklen Line dancers

The youngest Neklen Line dancers

Editing the exhibition

Editing the exhibition

The exhibition was held at the Kachin Center Canteen, where the most refreshing fresh grapefruit juice can be had!  The Kachin Center serves as the non-governmental administrative center for Kachin State.

Hurray! Photo workshop completed, exhibition hung!

Hurray! Photo workshop completed, exhibition hung!



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