A true revolutionary – this monk (name suppressed for security reasons) was involved in the 2007 Saffron Revolution, in which many monks and students were beaten, killed and imprisoned.
Taken at the Allied War Cemetery at Thanbyuzeat, near the Burmese side of the Thai-Burma Railway, this is my favourite photo from the series.
The New Face of Myanmar
Burma – also known as Myanmar – is rapidly changing. This young guy was at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, getting his photo taken by some news agency. I assumed he was also famous, and asked for a pic as well.
One in Four is a Government Spy
At this time in Burma it was estimated that a quarter of the population were spying on the rest (similar to East Germany by the end of the 1980’s). Traveling down the Irrawaddy River by boat, I was personally met at each stop by a member of the ‘Burmese CIA’, as they were known, and my details and movements recorded.
I Like Korean Girls
Boys will be boys. The amount of time some of these monks sat around talking about girls was incredible, if not to say horribly frustrating for those who had taken a vow of abstinence.
Where’d He Get That Cheeky Grin From?
A family traveling by boat down the Irrawaddy. Burma is hideously impoverished, and while the Generals live in a remote city in the jungle serviced by private jets, most Burmese families live on little more than a smile.
I rode a motorcycle up a dirt track for three hours to find the start of the Irrawaddy River. I broke down twice and fell off once and it was only the ingenuity and generosity of local people like this fella that got me back in one piece.
Life is Simple at Seventeen
Again, one thing I love about the Burmese is they love to smile. This for me shows the joy in cooking a simple meal in a bamboo kitchen in the village of Sinbo.