Photographer's Note

In the mountains of Northern of Thailand, many hill tribes live. This boy is from the Acar people, who migrated here from the Tibetan Plateau centuries ago. When we arrived at the mountain top, we found him standing, gazing out over the view. He didn't turn to look at us or acknowledge our presence there in any way. His cloths were dirty and he looked wretched. These hill tribes are very poor, especially now that their traditional crop, opium poppies, is forbidden. After I took his picture I went a spoke to him. I asked him, where he lived. He did not look at me, but gestured to a bamboo hut lower down the mountain and said in Thai "Down there". I assume that because he spoke some Thai that he goes to school. I gave him some money. He whispered his thanks as he pocketed it. Then he returned to staring at the view. In a world without, electricity, games, books or even playmates, I suppose that all there it do is look at the view and dream. Maybe he dreams of a better day for himself and his people.

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