Forceful Thumbs-up

Woman thumbing up forcefully

The woman painted Thanaka on her face thumbed up forcefully

Shot at Kyauktan Township in Myanmar.

The street near the market was busy. And some street vendors did business. The woman in this photo was one of them. When I approached her, she looked straight at me and thumbed up forcefully. On her face, Thanaka was painted. Because she wore a headband, she looked like as if she waked up just before and was about to wash her face with a face pack. Yet it was already afternoon. And she was working on the street. She did business with the face-pack-like Thanaka.

When I came to Myanmar 8 years ago, I thought I saw much more people who wore Thanaka on their face. Maybe it was a rainy season here. So not so many people painted it. To paint the face with Thanaka was a distinctive habit in Myanmar. It was rare in the neighboring countries, Thailand and Bangladesh. So I wanted the locale people preserved the custom as a tradition in this country.

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Where is Kyauktan Township?

Information of this photo

Photo No.
10975
Shooting Date
Sep 2018
Posted On
April 16, 2019
Place
Kyauktan, Myanmar
Genre
Portrait Photography
Camera
SONY ALPHA 7R II
Lens
SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA
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