Without an H

Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Posts tagged ‘street’

Yangon street portraits #6

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Portraits taken on the street in Yangon. I call them Yangon street portraits.

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Yangon nightfall (II)

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Under the unforgiving light of bare bulbs or in the glow of mobile phone screens, the street life of Yangon continues after night falls.

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Yangon & on

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I’ve had this post – and a couple of others – on the backburner for a while. I haven’t posted them because, while I’m fairly happy with the pictures, I’ve been stuck for something to write to accompany them. And I still am. But I don’t want this blog to completely fade away, so I’ve decided to stop trying to write something insightful about Yangon, and just throw this post out there and hope that the photographs speak for themselves. So here are some more pictures of Yangon. I hope you like them.

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Yangon moments

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There’s always a lot happening on the streets in Yangon. It’s not as crowded or hectic as Hanoi, where I used to live, and the pace of life is slower and less intense, but much of everyday life happens outside.¬†In these pictures, I’ve tried to capture some of those everyday moments that make up the life of a city. I’ve realised that I tend to focus on single people in my pictures, but most of these photographs are about little interactions or shared moments.

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Fruit veg fish flesh fowl

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The street markets of south-east Asia in general, and currently of Yangon in particular, are a seemingly – hopefully – endless source of photographic inspiration for me. These pictures were taken¬†towards the end of last year in a couple of different markets in downtown Yangon, where shoppers can find fresh fruit, veg, fish, flesh and fowl (and a few other things which don’t alliterate).

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Night light

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I wrote a little while ago that I’m trying to take more pictures after dark; as part of that challenge, I’m hoping to put together a series of night portraits of people lit by their mobile phones. It’ll be a slow burner of a project, I think, but sometimes it’s good to go slow.

Lugubrious gentleman (and other pictures)

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Yangonites are a fairly cheerful bunch as a rule; this rather solemn looking gent is one of the exceptions.

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Chewing betel leaf is still a very common habit in Myanmar; these pavement stalls can be found on almost every street corner.

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Note to self: eat more bananas.

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Know your onions.

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Individually wrapped apples; only in south-east Asia?

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Good vibes; a Buddhist band prepares to take to the streets.

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Something magical about the early afternoon light in Yangon, even if it’s just falling on an apartment block.

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Sule pagoda; this leafy view is a little misleading as the pagoda is always surrounded by traffic, due to its location in the middle of a downtown roundabout.

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