Workers and fishermen move around the the San Pyay fish market docks just before dawn in Yangon.
2 / 28
A woman waits for the train at one of the many stations around Yangon. The "circle train" as it is known, is very slow and old but is one of the primary modes of transportation for those who work in the city center and live on the outskirts.
3 / 28
Children play in a muddy pool of water after a hot day in the brick factories on the outskirts of Yangon. The pools are made by removing the clay-rich soil needed to make the bricks.
4 / 28
A man is tested for leprosy with a simple procedure that involves using a paper napkin to see if the patient is able to feel the sensation in their fingers without looking. This man was diagnosed with leprosy and received treatment.
5 / 28
A young man draws water from a local reservoir near the small town of Pathein.
6 / 28
A public ferry, powered by hand and rope, makes its way across a small river in the town of Hinthada.
7 / 28
Rohingya women wait for the doctor to see the woman on the left, who is about to go into labor. At the time, there was only one doctor for approximately 140,000 Rohingya in the IDP (internally displaced people) camps outside of Sittwe in Rakhine State.
8 / 28
Intha fisherman demonstrate traditional methods of fishing on Inle Lake in Shan State. There are no fisherman who make a living in this way on Inle Lake anymore. The ones that exist are there more for tourism than anything else.
9 / 28
Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through a small crowd after casting her vote in the historic 2015 elections in Yangon.
10 / 28
A young boy moves an empty plastic tub along a dock on the Yangon river.
11 / 28
Brick factory workers stand on the side of a kiln, passing bricks to the top. The kilns can reach heights of twenty-five feet and those who opt to work higher up can earn a very small extra sum.
12 / 28
Gold miners assemble a pneumatic drill in a mine East of Mandalay City in Singu township.
13 / 28
A boy sits on a bicycle on a bridge near Inle Lake just after dawn.
14 / 28
Saw Gaw Mu, a professional Let Wei (Burmese boxing) fighter practices at Thut Ti boxing gym in Yangon.
15 / 28
Ma Yu Mar Lar shaves shaves the head of her friend and fellow novice, Buddhist nun at a monstery in Yangon. Buddhist nuns live very simply and do not enjoy the same status and reverence as their male counterparts. Both nuns and monks gather alms each day, but the nuns are expected to also give food to the monks.
16 / 28
A farmer caries a bundle of palm fronds, to be used as roofing, back to his hut in Pathein.
17 / 28
Villagers make their way across a flooded section of road outside of a small town in a rural area several hours from Mandalay.
18 / 28
Passengers take the ferry from Yangon to Dala, across the Yangon River.
19 / 28
A man steers his boat along a narrow canal that will lead him out to Inle Lake.
20 / 28
A fisherman puts up a bamboo fence on the Irrawaddy River that will funnel fish into waiting net.
21 / 28
Locals make their way through an intersection in the town of Hinthada.
22 / 28
A festival goer lights a red flare during Thadingyut, the festival of lights, in Yangon.
23 / 28
A Buddhist monk leads a funeral procession through a field in rural Myanmar.
24 / 28
A woman carries laundry through a refugee camp in Kachin state.
25 / 28
A farmer tills his fields in the town of Hinthada.
26 / 28
A woman carries sand to a truck. Sand mining is a huge industry and most of it is unregulated, leading to a lot of environmental damage.
27 / 28
Novice, Buddhist monks study at a small temple in Nyaungshwe.
Myanmar is a land of unparalleled beauty mirrored by difficult truths. For years now, it has been stuck in the painful process of transitioning from an isolated country under strict military rule to a pseudo democratic nation open to the world. Positive changes have been met with difficult regressions, as deep seated issues of racism and iron-fisted control have ultimately held the country back from experiencing a true rebirth. In the midst of this tumultuous time, ordinary people fight to eke out a living and adapt to the many changes. Tradition has given way to tourism, infrastructure struggles to support economic growth, and people who live as they have for decades try to make ends meet in a rapidly evolving world. From the mountains of Chin State to the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar is full to the brim with stories both new and old.