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Yangon Circle Train #11

This Lad was watching my behaviour with the camera quite closely, so I asked him if he and his gal would mind if I made a shot with them in it...they agreed, but the gal would not look at the camera.

 

I made the second shot a little later, without their knowledge. The gal was astonishingly pretty, and I could barely stop gawping at her. The powder, on her face, is partly as makeup and partly as a protection from the fierce sun...it is worn by many Myanmar women, and I believe it is made from the powdered bark of a native tree.

Yangon Circle Train

Yangon Circle Train #11

This Lad was watching my behaviour with the camera quite closely, so I asked him if he and his gal would mind if I made a shot with them in it...they agreed, but the gal would not look at the camera.

 

I made the second shot a little later, without their knowledge. The gal was astonishingly pretty, and I could barely stop gawping at her. The powder, on her face, is partly as makeup and partly as a protection from the fierce sun...it is worn by many Myanmar women, and I believe it is made from the powdered bark of a native tree.

Yangon Circle Train

comments (17)

  • Alan
  • United Statesthe space to see them proper
  • 18 Sep 2017, 00:45
Its a shame she did not look at you; perhaps she could not bear it. You should only have eyes for your good lady, though (and any new bikes.. oh, and cats or dogs looking for a new home). The sun protection is mimicked by our cricket team.
Ray: I expect I would have melted, like butter on a hot day, if she had looked at me, Alan.
Nice shots, Ray, there are so many characters here, I wish I had the courage to ask some of them for photo's.
Ray: Thank you, Frank.

I don't have the front of our Richard Trim...I prefer candid shots, but sometimes pluck up the nerve to ask permission to make shots like this.
Excellent photos of this lovely couple
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth. I liked the "aura" of this couple, and would have chatted with them if we had a common language.
I can see why they struck your fancy, Ray. They appear to come from "privilege."
Ray: Probably Middle Class folks, Ginnie...Upper Class folks would not travel on this train.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:02
Wonderful portraits and I think she is a beauty. I kind of like it that she does not look into the camera.
Ray: Yes...I believe I prefer this countenance, Astrid.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 18 Sep 2017, 07:45
Very nice snaps matey.

She looks a bit younger than him and he seems very pleased with himself.

Aint life wunnerful..
Ray: My guess is he is 24 and she is 20, Chris, but I could be wrong.

Life is as you say, certainly...
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Sep 2017, 08:00
A beautiful couple. Your explanation of the powder is interesting. Myanmar is often mentioned now in our newspapers.
Ray: They were very attractive, Philine.

Myanmar is in the news right now for very disturbing reasons. While we cannot be certain of the facts, it does seem a small number of influential Buddhist monks have stirred up a great deal of disharmony in the NW of the country, resulting in horrific action by the Buddhist majority against a much smaller community of people who align with the Moslem faith.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 18 Sep 2017, 08:00
Magnifiques portraits, j'aime beaucoup.
Ray: Merci Martine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Sep 2017, 08:03
I like the shy behaviour of the girl. You seem to be very excited looking at her.
Ray: She is acting shyly, which only adds to her attractiveness.

They were like a breath of fresh air in the carriage, Philine.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 18 Sep 2017, 08:09
I thought she was simply not very good at applying make up Ray, a good job you explained. They look so young, one could envy that. They do not look too close but that might be a matter of custom.
Ray: It is quite unusual in SE Asia for young couples to have physical contact in public, Chad, which leads me to believe this couple might be recently married.
They make a handsome couple Ray
Ray: I thought so too, Bill.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Sep 2017, 10:29
He has reason to hold onto her so tightly after seeing you gawping smile
Ray: I think his self-satisfied expression says it all, Louis..."Old Foreigners get to gawp, while I get to cuddle!".
They look very happy together, he is lucky to have such a beautiflu lady.
Ray: Their presence in the carriage was like a breath of fresh air, Brian.
She doesn't want her soul stolen perhaps.
Ray: That could be so, Mary....and, an ancient foreign bloke, waving his big camera about, might be mistaken for the Devil! smile
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 18 Sep 2017, 15:06
She's so beautiful and I love the dress!
Ray: Myanmar is slowly and painfully emerging from a 60 year period in which it was a hermit kingdom somewhat like North Korea, Bonnie. It is mostly a very poor country, but there are occasional glimpses of a Middle Class of people who are not cloaked in their poorness.

I'll show a couple more pretty girls in the next week or so...my lens seems to be attracted to them. smile
A fine double portraitd, Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Tom. The top pic was not a candid shot, but I still like the feel of it.
> I like the powder/makeup on her cheeks.

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