2014 Projects

On the road to Mawlamyine…and back

GETTING THERE:

The road from Myawaddy, just across the River Moei from Mae Sot, is where we enter Burma, get in ancient Toyota station wagon and head south to Mawlamyine.  The road goes over a mountain, which is one-way going south on even days and one-way going north on odd days.   The paving is episodic, the trucks are loaded beyond belief, and the hair-pin turns are terrifying…but our lovely driver, Kyaw Kyaw, just kept smiling and got us there, hot, dusty, and happy to be at the Cinderella (yes, really!) Hotel.

The road over the mountain from Myawaddy to Mawlamyine

The road over the mountain from Myawaddy to Mawlamyine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyaw Kyaw cools off our car

Kyaw Kyaw cools off our car

 

Sein Sein Lin cools herself off

Sein Sein Lin cools herself off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying fruit to cool our insides

Buying fruit to cool our insides

After the mountain, the landscape flattens out into dry paddy,  karst outcroppings, and this beautifully groomed albino horse going we have no idea where!

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One of many 'toll' booths.

One of many ‘toll’ booths.

Where was this horse being taken?  Maybe a temple celebration.

Where was this horse being taken? Maybe a temple celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mawlamyine is Burma’s fourth largest city and served as the first capital of British Burma in the 19th Century; there are still quite a few graceful but crumbling old buildings left from this era.  The city  lies on the banks of the Thanlwin river, where we often walked, under big shady trees, relishing the most welcome breeze.

This is a private clinic

This is a private clinic

 

Tree + river = Shade + breeze

Tree + river = Shade + breeze

 

 

 

view from our balcony at Cinderella Hotel

View from our balcony at Cinderella Hotel

We searched high and low for bikes to rent with no luck, so ended up walking to work, nice at 8:30 am, blistering at 4:30 pm!

Walking to work

Walking to work

Every morning we’d meet this little guy on his way to beg for his daily bread.  Such determination and such concentration!  Never broke his stride, never looked up.    DSCF7946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 THE WORKSHOP:

The Rahmonnya Peace Foundation a Mon umbrella organition, hosted the photo workshop, with participants coming from its member community based organizations.

Honey on day 1

Honey on day 1

The frame, the frame!

The frame, the frame!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rahmonnya Peace Foundation

Rahmonnya Peace Foundation

Bee Jei, a former MY STORY photo participant in Sanghklaburi, and now working for RPF, brought lepeye, sweet Burmese tea every morning to get us going.  With 11 students, a digital projector, 2 computers, the narrow room was crowded and warm.  Even the students noticed!  Gallons of water and a fan kept us from over-heating.

When asked what kind of photos the students needed to take for their work, they all replied, ‘Large, group shots’, and documenting projects so we asked them to make a photo documentary about  a day in this training:

 

Downloading shooting assignment

Downloading shooting assignment   photo:  Aie Chan

Talking about the photos

Talking about the photos  photo:  Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can you make this photo better?

How can you make this photo better?  photo: Zahan

 

 

 

Shooting assignment

Shooting assignment  photo:  Htaw Rot

 

 

 

 

 

 

On assignment

On assignment  photo:  Zaw Lin Oo

 

 

 

Class time

Class time  photo:  Seik Rot

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch time

Lunch time  photo:  Kon Lyar Non

 

 

 

 

Did I get the shot?

Did I get the shot?  photo:  Nyan Aye

 

 

 

 

 

Editing photos

Editing photos  photo:  Nyi Nyi

 

 

 

 

 

Field trip!

Field trip!  photo:  Joe Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going home to take more pictures.

Going home to take more pictures   photo:  Mol Mol

Students had to make a shooting list and assign shots.  After looking at all the images, the photo essay was edited down to one photo from each student.  The hardest part of the assignment:  the editing!

THE CLASS FIELD TRIP:

Or how many people can you pack into a bus-truck?  Answer: More than you can possibly imagine!  13 of us stuffed into a bus-truck for the mercifully short ride to one of two large city markets.  Disgorged from the truck,  everyone took off in a different direction to make photos.

The bus-truck sardine can!

The bus-truck sardine can!

Honey                         photo:  Kon Lyar Non

Honey   photo: Kon Lyar Non

 

 

Dinner  photo:  Honey

Dinner   photo: Honey

Rambutan   photo:  Zaw Lin Oo

Rambutan    photo: Zaw Lin Oo

Zaw Lin Oo   photo:  Seik Rot

Zaw Lin Oo    photo: Seik Rot

 

Joe Moe    photo:  Htaik Rot

Joe Moe    photo: Htaw Rot

Water bottles   photo:  Joe Moe

Water bottles    photo: Joe Moe

Zahan   photo:  Nyan Aye

Zahan    photo: Nyan Aye

Begging    photo:  Zahan

Begging   photo: Zahan

Kol Lyar Non   photo:  Honey

Kon Lyar Non    photo: Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pots   photo:  Kon Lyar Non

Pots     photo: Kon Lyar Non

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes    photo: Nyi Nyi

 

Nyi Nyi   photo:  Seik Rot

Nyi Nyi     photo: Seik Rot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mon national symbol      photo: Seik Rot

Seik Rot   photo:  Nyi Nyi

Seik Rot    photo: Nyi Nyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Htaw Rot   photo:  Joe Moe

Htaw Rot   photo: Joe Moe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man smoking and selling shirts   photo:  Htaw Rot

Man smoking and selling shirts    photo: Htaw Rot

Nyan Aye   photo:  Zahan

Nyan Aye    photo: Zahan

 

Camp counsellor Nat   photo:  Nyan Aye

Camp counselor Nat    photo: Nyan Aye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for the bus-truck to take us home

Waiting for the bus-truck to take us home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GROUP PHOTO:

Eyes open!   photo:  Kon Lyar Non

Eyes open!   photo: Kon Lyar Non

 

Group shot while doing yoga   photo:  Seik Rot

Group shot while doing yoga    photo: Seik Rot

PICTURES ON A WALL AND CLOSING CEREMONY:

Paper, scissors, glue sticks

Paper, scissors, glue sticks

BFF!

Mounting the exhibition

BFF!

BFF!

 

Presenting certificate of completion

Presenting certificate of completion

 

Future papparazzi!

Future papparazzi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICTURES WE COULDN’T RESIST:                    

Having fun   photo:  Nyi Nyi

Having fun   photo: Nyi Nyi

I think best from a prone position   photo:  Nyi Nyi

I think best from a prone position    photo: Nyi Nyi

 

Honey and laundry   photo:  Kon Lyar Non

Honey and laundry    photo: Kon Lyar Non

It's all about the hair!   photo:  Joe Moe

It’s all about the hair!    photo: Joe Moe

Ha Ha Ha!  photo:  Nyi Nyi

Ha Ha Ha!    photo: Nyi Nyi



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