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Little girl with thanaka

This photo was taken in Ban Ao Salat on the island of Koh Kood. Ban Ao Salat is a tiny stilt-village and fishing community. Several of the wooden houses along a long jetty-promenade serve food and this is a great place for fresh-seafood lunch. While we were seating at one of these small restaurants, this little girl, the daughter of the woman running the place, was very much interested in these two "farang" customers. She was a sweet funny little girl.

Thanaka is a whitish paste made from ground bark. Burmese women have been using it for cosmetic purpose for hundreds of years. In addition to its cosmetic use, thanaka also gives a cooling sensation and provides protection from sunburn. The use of thanaka has spread to neighbouring countries, including Thailand.

I remember reading this advice about photographing children: avoid plunging view, go to their eye level, or just above. In the second case, try to have them looking slightly upward. I suppose I tried to follow that advice.

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