Yek Sein; a seventy year old woman from the The Mün tribe in Sed village - Chin State Myanmar
The people from Chin State used to believe that tattooing faces of the most beautiful girls from the village would prevent them from being kidnapped by foreigners. Yek, who was tattooed at the age of fifteen, recalls it as a extremely bloody and painful experience. The Burmese government banned the practice during the 1960’s.
A small harbor close to the city of Mandalay that seems to be stuck between the middle ages and modern times.
In the shadow of this lonely tree a woman and her child are seeking a break from the beating sun, while her other children play around.
We were photographing in one of the villages close to Mindat when one of the local women grabbed me by the arm and asked me to follow her inside her home. She took me to one of the back rooms and asked me to portrait her ill husband.
Two old lovers cuddling during sunset.
In 2018 the Myanmar government made it illegal to climb the ancient pagoda’s in Bagan. Though, this individual didn’t seem to obey these new rules.
Her eyes speak for itself.
Today Bagan is home to more than 2.500 Buddhist temples and monasteries, which makes it the site of the largest and densest concentration of buddhist monuments in the world.
Fisherman’s tricks during sunset.
While standing on one leg with his other leg wrapped around the oar he rotates his leg to move the boat along. This position isn’t just for show, it enables the fisherman to see across the lake, while at the same time he’s able to handle the large fishing-nets.
Proud she stood on the boat helping her father where possible.
Some Myanmar parents believe it’s their duty to send their sons to the monastery at least twice in their lives. Once their sons reach the age of seven, boys can participate in this at the monastery to immerse themselves in the teachings of the Buddha.
A group of young monks being teached in the Hti Thein monastary.
Young monk playing and bathing at a waterwell after a match of football with his fellow monks at the Hti Thein monastary.
While traveling through the beautiful mountains and villages of North-Western Myanmar we found this little guy, a member of the new generation of Chin people in a rapidly changing country.
The hunters of the village decorate their houses with the skulls of their prey. The more skulls, the better the hunter. This girl was looking after the houses while the elderly were working the field or hunting for more animal-skulls.
When i had the opportunity to portrait this young girl, she was being educated by her grandmother to be the next in line of the Myanmar women who work on making traditional hand-stitched clothing.
Sunset above a smoke-filled valley.
In the shadow of her house she was working on her weaving machine while her husband and grandson were sitting beside her, playing on de ground. She looked up and smiled.
Everybody has to play their part in the community.
A portait of one of the woman from The Mün tribe in Sed village - Chin State.
A boy wearing thanaka; the purest form of nature’s sunscreen which is being used by the Myanmar population for over 2,000 years.