I grew up in a small, rural town in Oklahoma where all life is lived indoors. Everyone travels by car, all commerce and events happen inside, and there is little interaction with neighbors. My hometown doesn’t really have pedestrians. If you see someone walking they are either insane or their car broke down. The only time people congregate on the street is for a parade or to watch an oncoming tornado.
So maybe that is why I am fascinated by places like Yangon, which are completely opposite. In Yangon, all life is lived on the street. At just about any time of day, there are people cooking up fried snacks, vendors selling second hand goods, kids kicking soccer balls, and old men playing chess. To me, it seems like a street carnival, but for them, it is just daily life.
As a result, I love walking around cities and taking photos. Yangon, is not only lively, but also has other elements necessary for a great photography destination, like beautiful, friendly people, colorful buildings, and grand architecture. It is quite simply, a street photography paradise.
Here is a collection of photos of daily life I took on the streets of Yangon on my recent trip. Click any photo to enlarge.
Yangon Street Photography Gallery
Have you been to Yangon or any other crowded city?