As I was walking through Dalah, a boy with Thanaka painted all over his face came to me. He seemed to be intrigued by a strange foreigner walking around with a camera in his hand. He probably came up to me out of curiosity, wanting me to take his picture.
To live up to his expectation, I held up my SLR camera and looked through the viewfinder to see a smiling boy inside. The boy was giggling, his mouth pursed in a smile. He had come up to me to have his picture taken, but he might have been a little embarrassed when he actually had a camera pointed at him to be photographed.
The boy was smiling and his face was covered in Thanaka. Thanaka is a natural cosmetic and sunscreen used in Myanmar. When we think of cosmetics, we usually think of women using it, but it is not only women who apply Thanaka to their faces. In Myanmar, men and women, young and old, apply it to their faces. Myanmar is a country with a lot of sunshine, and people in Myanmar seem to hate getting their faces tanned.
|Nov 2010 MYANMAR PEOPLE|
|BOY DALAH FACE SMILE THANAKA|
November 15, 2010
September 21, 2021
CANON EOS 1V
EF85MM F1.2L II USM