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Farmers family pausing in front of their home, Inle Lake

A mother seeing her daughter after years of separation, Rakhine State

Converted Christian Rohingya, border of Bangladesh, Rakhine State

5AM, Burmese Sunrise, Shan State

Shan State Burma dry season landscape

Retired couple who have worked all their life to build a house out of concrete, Rakhine State

A young monk in front of an improvised outdoor photographic studio, Kalaw

Arakanese wearing tanaka, traditional Burmese makeup, Rakhine State

Buddhist nun and her adopted child, Rakhine State.

Restricted area, border of China

Young monks ready to play traditional Chinlone game, Shan State

Young Monk pausing in front of his monastery, Inle Lake

Monastery in Mrauk U, Rakhine State

Artist Ko Htwe, Yangon

Early morning, Kalaw region

Floating tomato farmers, Inle Lake

Story: In Spring 2014, I was invited to Burma to organise an art competition which was aimed at sponsoring Burmese art through social media and exhibitions. For three months I invited Burmese artists to submit their work. Being immersed into the country’s art scene, I was welcomed into the homes of Burmese artists, who wished to break the isolation that they had endured for the last five decades.

Considering the recent opening of the country and the election coming up this November, the winds of change have swept through the Burma in the past year. Therefore I decided to go back and document life in Burma by capturing the visual time capsule of the country, a country which is currently largely closed off from the world and fairly untouched, but not for much longer.

I immersed myself into the Burma of today, inside the homes which until recently were shut to outsiders, and in border towns amongst hill tribe villages and their monasteries. I have produced a series of photographs of Burma and its unique people presenting themselves to a world that was unknown to them until now.

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