When I was directing this photo- I kept telling the boys to put their hand on their hips, pop out knees, pop up your heels, big smile, razzle dazzle them!… It took five minutes and this is the best they could do.
We’re like UNO missionaries. This is a picture of our driver, Charles, who took us around Yangon, Bahan, Bagan and up to the Golden Rock Pagoda. He was fantastic and patient. He liked UNO and was very good at it!
All around Myanmar you see people, mostly women and girls, with a yellowish paste on their faces. Its called thanaka and they use it as a type of sunscreen that also cools your face. It is hot in Myanmar, like 102 to 105 daily, so you could see why this is necessary. Thanaka is a paste made from the root of a tree that is ground into powder. We thought we would give it a try.
Maddux is not as pleased with the results as the rest. The application of the thanaka is also a form of artistic expression, you see all kinds of designs. Our lady claimed that she was the very first person to create a leaf on women’s cheeks. Kim was lucky enough to get that one.