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The focus of the work is transition.

My intent is to draw attention to the momentous changes occurring in Yangon today, as expressed by those living here.

Thank you for joining me and the People of Yangon on this exciting journey.

Chris James White

"Smoke and mirrors, nepotism. Nothing is as it seems in Myanmar."
"Smoke and mirrors, nepotism. Nothing is as it seems in Myanmar."

"Smoke and mirrors, nepotism. Nothing is as it seems in Myanmar."

‘Slush Puppy’ seller at the docks in Yangon offers cool refreshment for passersby.  For a moment, I thought about trying one, but the public health biologist in me told me it might be unwise!
‘Slush Puppy’ seller at the docks in Yangon offers cool refreshment for passersby.  For a moment, I thought about trying one, but the public health biologist in me told me it might be unwise!

‘Slush Puppy’ seller at the docks in Yangon offers cool refreshment for passersby.  For a moment, I thought about trying one, but the public health biologist in me told me it might be unwise!

I initially met Aung Naing at THE banana shop at the bottom of 17th Street, about ten minutes before I took this photograph.  He had been explaining to me, with enthusiastic gesticulation, that eating bananas ensured a strong erection during sex.  

I thought for a moment and nodded, “Ah, that explains why the customer outside the banana shop just now kept pulling down the trousers of her little boy and flashing his genitals at me!”
I initially met Aung Naing at THE banana shop at the bottom of 17th Street, about ten minutes before I took this photograph.  He had been explaining to me, with enthusiastic gesticulation, that eating bananas ensured a strong erection during sex.  

I thought for a moment and nodded, “Ah, that explains why the customer outside the banana shop just now kept pulling down the trousers of her little boy and flashing his genitals at me!”

I initially met Aung Naing at THE banana shop at the bottom of 17th Street, about ten minutes before I took this photograph.  He had been explaining to me, with enthusiastic gesticulation, that eating bananas ensured a strong erection during sex.  

I thought for a moment and nodded, “Ah, that explains why the customer outside the banana shop just now kept pulling down the trousers of her little boy and flashing his genitals at me!”

THE banana shop (it’s no ordinary banana shop, believe me), has apparently been selling bananas at these premises at the southern end of 17th Street for more than 80 years now.  With all the development now underway in Yangon, one has to wonder if they’ll still be here, still selling their fantastic bananas, another 80 years from now.  The cynic in me doubts it, sadly.
THE banana shop (it’s no ordinary banana shop, believe me), has apparently been selling bananas at these premises at the southern end of 17th Street for more than 80 years now.  With all the development now underway in Yangon, one has to wonder if they’ll still be here, still selling their fantastic bananas, another 80 years from now.  The cynic in me doubts it, sadly.

THE banana shop (it’s no ordinary banana shop, believe me), has apparently been selling bananas at these premises at the southern end of 17th Street for more than 80 years now.  With all the development now underway in Yangon, one has to wonder if they’ll still be here, still selling their fantastic bananas, another 80 years from now.  The cynic in me doubts it, sadly.

"Hmmm….I think most of the change in Yangon is still superficial.  Removing uniforms is one thing, changing mindsets is quite another."
"Hmmm….I think most of the change in Yangon is still superficial.  Removing uniforms is one thing, changing mindsets is quite another."

"Hmmm….I think most of the change in Yangon is still superficial.  Removing uniforms is one thing, changing mindsets is quite another."

According to the Myanmar Business News, rice exports increased to over 1.5 million tons in 2013, the highest in half a century.
But, as this man can attest, it might take a while to put the infrastructure in place to cope with increasing demand.  Myanmar is still heavily reliant on manual labor for tasks such as the loading and unloading of cargo vessels.
According to the Myanmar Business News, rice exports increased to over 1.5 million tons in 2013, the highest in half a century.
But, as this man can attest, it might take a while to put the infrastructure in place to cope with increasing demand.  Myanmar is still heavily reliant on manual labor for tasks such as the loading and unloading of cargo vessels.

According to the Myanmar Business News, rice exports increased to over 1.5 million tons in 2013, the highest in half a century.

But, as this man can attest, it might take a while to put the infrastructure in place to cope with increasing demand.  Myanmar is still heavily reliant on manual labor for tasks such as the loading and unloading of cargo vessels.

Scars and spirits.
Scars and spirits.

Scars and spirits.

The main incentive for making a passenger seat comfy must surely be the time spent in it by the trishaw owners themselves as they wait for customers.
The main incentive for making a passenger seat comfy must surely be the time spent in it by the trishaw owners themselves as they wait for customers.

The main incentive for making a passenger seat comfy must surely be the time spent in it by the trishaw owners themselves as they wait for customers.

Seen at the docks near 17th Street.
Seen at the docks near 17th Street.

Seen at the docks near 17th Street.

For the first few shots, as I panned the camera, he was smiling. This was the last frame in the sequence.
For the first few shots, as I panned the camera, he was smiling. This was the last frame in the sequence.

For the first few shots, as I panned the camera, he was smiling. This was the last frame in the sequence.

Seen near the ‘banana shop’ on 17th Street.
Seen near the ‘banana shop’ on 17th Street.

Seen near the ‘banana shop’ on 17th Street.

"I’m 83 years old and have lived in this monastery for 17 years."
"I’m 83 years old and have lived in this monastery for 17 years."

"I’m 83 years old and have lived in this monastery for 17 years."

Trishaw rider at the docks in Yangon.
Trishaw rider at the docks in Yangon.

Trishaw rider at the docks in Yangon.

When I asked if I could take her photo, she nodded approval and struck this pose.  I still wonder what she was thinking.
When I asked if I could take her photo, she nodded approval and struck this pose.  I still wonder what she was thinking.

When I asked if I could take her photo, she nodded approval and struck this pose.  I still wonder what she was thinking.

"I trust her, as a daughter trusts her mother."
"Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be able to run for President?"
"No. No I did not."
"I trust her, as a daughter trusts her mother."
"Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be able to run for President?"
"No. No I did not."
"I trust her, as a daughter trusts her mother."
"Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be able to run for President?"
"No. No I did not."

"I trust her, as a daughter trusts her mother."

"Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would be able to run for President?"

"No. No I did not."