Burmese lady

When you visit Burma (Myanmar as it now is) you are immediately struck by how friendly the people are – they might not have much, but they know how to smile. Walking around the village markets people readily respond to a smile or a friendly “mingalaba”, the universal greeting. Many, like this old lady, use thanaka on their faces to lighten the skin and protect from the sun. This was one of many shots taken with the little Fuji X20. Although it only has a 2/3″ size sensor, it performs really well. For streets and markets it is ideal – small, discrete and with a manual zoom rather than one of those operated with a little lever. The manual is much quicker for street work.

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