Photographer's Note

OK, a different type of shot. On the outskirts of Mandalay, we crested a small bridge and there he was.. a little boy carrying two huge sacks. By the time my driver had stopped, he had dropped one and was vainly trying to work out how to pick them up again. We were quite a way from him but I had already a 70 - 200 mounted. I got the shot but spent the rest of the day wondering if we should have intervened and helped him in some way. I struggled for a long time with the idea of travelling to, after some research, I was able to make sure I stayed at privately owned guest houses and did everything I could to not let my tourist money end up in the government's coffers. Its a hard one..every one I talked with wanted us there..I think we can make a small difference for the better if we travel wisely. I took an extra packpack and filled it with pencils, books etc to donate to a country school. I would urge anyone considering travelling there to do the same. The Burmese are possibly the most hospitable,gentle and beautiful people I have met in my travels throughout S.E. Asia. The international community really needs to pull its finger out and do something ! And there endeth the sermon.
Details: Shot with a Minolta Dynax 7D with a 70 - 200 mm lens. Cropped and some minor burning in and a slight gausian blur in the B/G. The juxtaposition of the brand new motor cycle is interesting too.

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