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Out In The Fields

By Jasper87  
This lady was nicely framed in the hedging and was quite happy for her photograph to be taken. She is wearing Thanakha paste on her cheeks, a yellowish-white compound made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of Burma seen applied to the faces of mainly women and girls. The wood of several trees can be used but they must be at least 35 years old before it is considered mature enough to yield good quality cuttings. It is frequently seen being sold in the markets as small logs or in bundles of sticks. The cream has been used by Burmese women for over 2000 years and has a fragrant scent similar to sandalwood. Apart from the cosmetic beauty it also gives a cooling sensation, provides protection from sunburn (dark skin is considered unattractive), promotes smooth skin, heals acne, and is also anti-fungal.

Many thanks for the comments on the fish sellers, we were advised not to sample the produce! and strangely the fish didn't smell that strongly at all.


Tags: Burma Fields Landscape and travel Cosmetics Cultivation Thanakha paste

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canonfan 10 7 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 9:03AM
Fantastic image and excellent narrative Dave. Very well captured

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rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 9:21AM
Very interesting narrative Dave and an even better image, full of colour and detail.

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
9 Jan 2013 9:46AM
A perfect composition and capture, Dave. What excellent uses the ground bark has. Carol
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
9 Jan 2013 9:55AM
Perfect description Dave and framed too.
lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
9 Jan 2013 10:00AM
Excellent composition
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
9 Jan 2013 10:02AM
Thank you for the info which satisfies the curiosity, Dave. It is an excellent contextual portrait and I like the chosen portrait format.
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
9 Jan 2013 10:05AM
A great and informative background info and a fantastic photo Dave !!
Gerryrys 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 10:33AM
Nice composition and interesting narrative. Oh to be somewhere warm! Smile

9 Jan 2013 10:42AM
Very well composed and an interesting commentary.
marktc Plus
9 101 15 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 10:45AM
Great composition Dave, nicely framed by that tree, the receding lines to the top of the image are a great lead in and the true subject of the image is ideally placed. Great light and colour, an all round great shot!

Thanks for n interesting narrative too

Damn I must try harder!
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
9 Jan 2013 10:48AM
As always in your pf not only a superb image but such wonderful info as well. The bark sounds like something The Body Shop should be researching into!

9 Jan 2013 10:50AM
A perfect capture and composition accompanied by an interesting narrative.

Tibetan 8 3 England
9 Jan 2013 11:22AM
Another excellent contribution from you today Dave, good narrative also hope you took masses!, won't get fed up with these, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
helenlinda Plus
13 366 22 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 11:32AM
Fascinating - thanks for the information - well composed shot too.
I'm intrigued by her removing her flip flops Smile
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 11:47AM
This is a very striking image with those lovely diagonal lines and
the girl in her local clothes which are very photogenic.
The reds are a lovely contrast to the greens also.
The narrative about the cream is very interesting.
andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 11:59AM
wonderful colour and light dave brilliant detail a cracking capture top shot Wink
fentiger 19 920 24 England
9 Jan 2013 12:23PM
Very informative write-up to accompany a very fine candid composition.

9 Jan 2013 12:34PM
how much of it did you bring back David TongueWink fine caputre

ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
9 Jan 2013 12:52PM
Very very well shot, Dave. Interesting info too, about the paste.

AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
9 Jan 2013 1:10PM
A good shot - well composed. At first I wondered about her face, so appreciate the commentary. Knowing how I like mono, it won't surprise you if I say this would make a good black and white Smile

mex 12 27 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 1:13PM
Top comp dave, well framed with the tree.
cheers phil.
User_Removed 10 48 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 1:55PM
Super image Dave, everything is spot on.
Regards, Alf.
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 1:59PM
Such a well composed image. Excellent light and a very interesting narrative too.
Fefe Plus
8 50 32 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 2:04PM
The composition is terrific Dave, great image and very interesting write up. I hadnt noticed the flip flops till Helen mentioned them but as a die hard flip flop fan I can say she is still wearing them................. I have tried this in FileyWinkTongueTongue
almiles 10 38 102 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 2:07PM
As marktc said, the framing works, the figure is interestingly absorbed in her work and the frame and the lines point to her. Good contrast control again.
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
9 Jan 2013 4:10PM

Quote:...promotes smooth skin, heals acne, and is also anti-fungal. ...
I could do with some of that! Great composition and capture, Dave Wink
Trev Smile
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
9 Jan 2013 4:14PM
What a great image and narrative Dave.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
9 Jan 2013 4:18PM
Your excellent information has fleshed out this wonderful image-- a great composition---takes one out into the rows-- wonderful!
9 Jan 2013 4:20PM
Excellent Dave, super composition,
Very good comp Dave,the women takes us in then the fields swing us round and upward , like the white protection sun screen , good spot well taken.

xwang 11 56 8
9 Jan 2013 5:51PM
Beautifully captured image.. nice POV. Great writing up...
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:05PM
Perfect composition Dave - and interesting write-up.
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:17PM
Excellent image and an interesting story to go with it Dave.

Philip_H 8 1.1k United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 6:21PM
Nicely framed and composed, great perspective and interesting narrative, Dave.

achieverswales 9 8 101 Wales
9 Jan 2013 6:23PM
Excellent composed capture Dave with great write up, it does seem a fascinating place.


gajewski 15 10 9 United States
9 Jan 2013 6:25PM
A great shot and VERY interesting narrative.
9 Jan 2013 7:15PM
Well composed, Dave and educational, too!!

Growmore 11 4 3 England
9 Jan 2013 7:30PM
Dam good composition Dave and great image with wonderful information about the white face of the woman.

9 Jan 2013 7:56PM
...Out in the fields
The fighting has begun
Out on the streets
They're falling one by one
Out from the skies
A thousand more will die each day
Death is just a heartbeat away..."
... Eternal Gary Moore!
Good shot, Dave!Smile
Regards Valery
pdcche 9 4 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 8:53PM
Nice write up Dave with good explantion, nice comp and good framing, Peter..
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 10:13PM
Excellent composition. paul
9 Jan 2013 10:28PM
First class shot Dave
9 Jan 2013 10:49PM
Such dedication to their work.Nice shot.
Humblebee 8 1 England
9 Jan 2013 11:09PM
I really enjoyed your narrative and your super image, I know your title says out in the fields, but can you tell us what she was actually doing Wink ... Carol Grin
derekhansen 11 210 24 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 11:18PM
Absolutely fantastic Dave. What an incredible series this is turning out to be.
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2013 11:40PM
Fascinating shot and description.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
10 Jan 2013 4:44AM
Excellent shot Dave, loved your explanation of the custom, it had better work Wink
Rgds., Jim
danbrann 15 640 17
10 Jan 2013 11:59AM
An excellent informative image. We can learn a lot on this site.
10 Jan 2013 2:32PM
Very interesting narrative, lots there I'd no idea about! The image is visually interesting and completes the picture! Great Dave !
Maggie :GrinDGrin
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
10 Jan 2013 6:59PM
Dave , another great set of shots as always lots of interest and good photography .
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
10 112 38 Wales
10 Jan 2013 9:46PM
Great image and write up, Dave.
11 Jan 2013 5:19AM
Very interesting and nicely done, Dave. Deep
bobsblues 10 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2013 7:23AM
Good informative capture Dave .
Trev_B 13 151 68 England
11 Jan 2013 9:40AM
A fascinating write up to accompany a well composed image... well done Dave.

annettep38 9 219 42 Germany
11 Jan 2013 3:48PM
very interesting information.. you live and learn.
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
11 Jan 2013 9:46PM
'Superbly-rendered color Reportage Image' ~ LEx Wink
13 Jan 2013 8:51AM
Smashing Light on this lovely image Dave.

John Smile

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