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Myanmar series - Portrait #7

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: Helen : (Helen is photographing in Melbourne,, Australia) on 9 February 2007 in People & Portrait.

One special day after trekking uphill many hours above KenTung, Myanmar, we happened upon this tribesman and his kin dragging planks of hand-hewn wood down the mountain. It was a two day round trip for them and they were bringing them down for the Government for no fee.

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objectif-plume from Belgium

tes portraits sont magnifiques

9 Feb 2007 6:12am

Shiva from Kajang, Malaysia


9 Feb 2007 7:13am

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent portrait Helen!

9 Feb 2007 8:49am

Prashanth from Bengalooru, India

Wonderful portrait! But whats with his lips?!

9 Feb 2007 10:03am

@Prashanth: His lips and teeth are stained with betel nut juice. In most parts of Myanmar chewing betel nut ~ a mild stimulant ~ is very popular. Normally betel nut produces a red stain. In this particular area of Myanmar, in the corner bordering Thailand, Laos and China, the betel nut produces a black stain on the teeth and lips.

Sidonie from Sydney, Australia

Professional level, Helen. Very satisfying.

9 Feb 2007 11:08am

Manuela Photography from Hainburg (near Frankfurt/Main), Germany

This could be in National Geographic! Excellent.

9 Feb 2007 12:04pm

@Manuela Photography: Wow, thanks for the compliment!

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Manuela is right - it's beautiful! There is a contest at National Geographic you should submit this. I will see if I can find the link with losing what I have written already.
National Geographic Submit Page

9 Feb 2007 1:07pm

@Anne: Thanks Anne. I had a peek at it. They ask that portraits of 'recognisable people' be accompanied by a signed release form. Somehow I do not think I would be able to find this man again. Pity.

Wayne from Melbourne, Australia

This is fantastic Helen!

9 Feb 2007 3:05pm

Prem from Mumbai, India

Nice portrait.

9 Feb 2007 10:26pm

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Sorry you can't enter your photo of the tribesman. I had forgotten about that rule! Carry some typewritten release forms around with you in future. (Something I've never thought of doing either) :-)

12 Feb 2007 1:21pm

Evi from Athens, Greece

Beautiful portrait!

13 Apr 2007 12:04pm

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

All of your portraits are wonderful. Incredible warmth.

13 Aug 2007 9:16pm