- "Look mum, he's pink and shiny."
Well, that terrible kid was aiming at me. I understood that at 42°C under a palm leaves roof, I probably turn pink and shiny, which looks incredible for this little kid.
We are two hours drive from Kyaing Tung, in the Golden Triangle in Burma, close to the Thai and Chinese border. We are 1,600m high in the hills and jungle in an Akha village called Nonsheng, not too far from the Pin Tauk waterfalls.
This Akha tribe is interesting for its silver-made hat. They believe that their soul may be stolen so they protect it with that huge silver helmet which cover the whole head and a part of the back. This helmet surrounded by many tissue layers.
I understood one can meet similar communities in Thailand. Normally animists, the entrance of their village is marked with "Lankang", large gates (2m high) showing carved birds, swords and star-shaped charms. There is also a carved man on one side and a carved woman on the other side.
The people of this tribe were extremely kind. They stopped around us, just to show us their kids and having a look at that funny shiny pink french guy :)
That Akha woman invited us in her large wood house for a green tea and the big boy here was really glad to meet us. He also spent some time trying the steal a piece of silver in her hat which was keeping the helmet in place.
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rosaline (0) 2006-04-06 14:45
Good photograph with a cute touch. Nice exposure and excellent sharpness on the child's face. Good colour cast. Well done.
don_narayan (2014) 2006-04-06 15:26
Hello Steven. Excellent photo, the focus is great, the eyes catching the light, the good tones and especially the mother's kind and warm smile. Well done.
gaby (19819) 2006-04-06 17:35
Steven bonsoir - une photo très tendre et pleine de douceur - les yeux de l'enfant, la médaille et le biberon sont splendides - les couleurs, très douces, et la maman en arrière plan complètent bien l'ensemble -
Une très belle image
eleparc (24063) 2006-04-06 18:30
ca c'est de la photo! superbes personnages! c'est ton 20D qui est rose et qui brille? je savais bien que canon faisait du matos de Barbie! haha! en tout cas, beau travail de lumière et belle composition!
luisafonso (862) 2006-04-07 3:34
I love the light in this photo. The silver beads really shine through your camera. The soft light on the child’s face is also amazing. The composition is perfect: it lets the viewer travel between the two subjects with an increased interest. The point of view you used also adds impact to the scene because we are conducted directly to the child expression. And what an expression that is! Very good. Thanks for sharing these notes too.
gary91 (15348) 2006-04-07 6:30
QUelle superbe photo avec la mimique de ce petit. Vraiment craquant. L'angle de prise de vie est vraiment excellent et la qualité superbe.
designsoul (21492) 2006-04-07 17:44
Superb light, beautiful capture of the moment. Couldn't be better cropped. I love "that terrible kid" pointing at the pink and shiny :-) one!
Gorgeous light, Steven. Just a joy to see, plus the bokeh on the mother's jewellery is a cherry on the pie!
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 28-75 f2.8 DI, Hama UV 67 mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 21 DAYS IN MYANMAR
- Theme(s): The world through those small eyes, All together with the Burmese people [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 14:40
- Favorites: 1 [view]