As I have only five nights left in Myanmar and need to get back into shooting again after an extended break, I thought it a healthy challenge to use all five lenses I brought but limit myself to only one lens per day. Not only does limitation serve creativity, it lightens the load! Last night, Maggie and I went to Yangon’s China Town with the Carl Zeiss 100mm macro.
In the past, I’ve primarily used this lens to get in close: blades of grass, book pages, old maps, jewelry, eyes. But last night, I wanted to see what could be done in low light when things are a bit further away.
And of course, up close the Zeiss macro cannot be matched.
If one is a foreigner and lingers even a short time around the 19th Street area, street kids will sporadically appear asking for money.
This child held my attention. He spent roughly the same measure of time hovering around each table before moving on, mostly without collecting anything, stoically making his evening rounds before disappearing down the street. I got up to see where he went, knowing full well that bringing him money would perpetuate the lifestyle he was very likely forced into by some older person’s depravity or his family’s desperation. By the time I reached the street, he had already joined a group of other kids moving quickly away.
In a matter of moments my zeal for the Zeiss waned and gave way to heartbreak, firstly for this young boy who had to spend his nights collecting money from drunk foreigners, and secondly that I’ve witnessed this same exact scene in many other parts of the world.
I am grateful for my friends at Life Impact International here in Myanmar (and in Thailand and Brazil) working diligently to rescue exploited children. Thanks to folks like them, things are far from hopeless.
The full gallery from my evening in China Town: