Burmese Portraits

Below is a selection of portraits of some the lovely people who allowed me to take their photograph last year in Myanmar.

Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls, and is used to a lesser extent also by men and boys. It is often applied in a decorative fashion but it’s main function is to serve as a natural sunscreen.

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