Dejan Petrovic visited Burma 6 months ago and captured his impressions on camera. His pictures give a great impression of some of Burma’s people, their work, their habits and daily life in general. He didn’t only take pictures, but made sure he knew who he was taking pictures of, so make sure to read the captions for context.
The life on the shores of Irrawaddy
“I always lived in a city on the river (Danube), Novi Sad, Belgrade and Vienna and throughout my whole life, the shores of Danube have been my friend, good listener, my therapist. But when Danube is not around, Irrawaddy will have to do. The Irrawaddy River flows from north to south through Myanmar and it is the country’s largest river and most important commercial waterway. Here are some impressions of the life on the shores of Irrawaddy.”
Mandalay in 12 pictorials
“The life of the city through visuals and short captions”
“”A well brewed cup can make you feel wiser, braver and more optimistic” George Orwell – Tea is an essential part of the Myanmar cultural life, and Mandalay has some of the best tea shops in the country. There is a pleasant rhythm to the life of the Mandalay tea shops, and the whole day can be lost inside them. Tea is served honey-thick with condensed milk, and is washed down with Oolong tea. Each tea shop has its own specialty, and i favored having breakfast at the corner tea shop near my hotel, Minthiha, where Banana pancake and Shan noodles became my breakfast and lunch staple.”
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Caption for the picture of Phay Than – in the ‘Mandalay in 12 pictorials’ section:
Phay Than, an 88 year old gentlemen decided to sit next to me in my favorite tea place. In his perfect English he asks the usual question: “Where do you come from?” I say Yugoslavia, as i imagined he would know it better. Tito, he says, was here few times. That was the beginning of our conversation that lasted almost two hours. Phay Than was an English teacher, or better to say and assistant as only foreigners can be English teachers. He remembers British times, second World War, independence, and military regime, he has seen it all. He was granted a scholarship by the Kennedy government back in 1962 and spent two years in Hawaii doing his PhD… Upon his return he became an educational inspector and retired 28 years ago. Since then he has been learning about alternative medicine and tries to earn a bit more money with it. These years he lives out of 70 dollars pension and comes twice a day to the tea place on his motorbike.