Began, city of pagoda
Barefeet wanderer looking for soul-filling food, heart warming company and majestic worlds.
My photo collections!
Yangon rainy nights
#uchicago #yangon #rangoon #chicago #summer (at Somewhere in Ygn City)
Celeste Ng at Greenlight Bookstore, 7/9/14
Stories from Chicago’s South Side with @jonlowenstein
To see more scenes from daily life on Chicago’s South Side and learn the stories behind the images, follow @jonlowenstein on Instagram.
Photographer Jon Lowenstein (@jonlowenstein) came to Chicago’s South Side on an assignment fifteen years ago and made a home in the poverty-ravaged neighborhood. He began photographing his community with SX-70 and 4x5 film cameras, leaving a trail of Polaroid portraits with his new neighbors who nicknamed him “Photoman”. He transformed vacant apartments within his housing complex into community exhibition spaces called, “The Island”, and taught photography classes at a local elementary school.
“When I started the project on the South Side, analog was the only way to go. Nowadays so many people in the ‘hood use Instagram that it is a real way to communicate on a local level, as well as national and international,” Jon says.
He credits his college classmate, David Guttenfelder (@dguttenfelder), for exposing him to Instagram, where he now pairs images from his neighborhood with the stories behind them. “I believe that the iPhone is the new Polaroid: I love that I can share my thoughts and observations in real time as I do the work. I find this part most satisfying when I can actually talk with people who I don’t know about issues that I cover.”
What has really surprised me since my arrival at Yangon is its religious and ethnic diversity in addition to its raw natural resources, unbelievably friendly people and exquisite cuisine.
This is weird.
I have many.
Too many to remember.
Too insignificant to share.
But this one,
Where I saw MLK in his flesh.
And he spoke.
Government and its inclusion of blacks in it.
I was there. I heard him. I saw him.
Then, he got mad.
He got mad at me.
But, he did.
I pissed off MLK.
I woke up!
I just had a dream with MLK in it.
It must be…
As Mandalay is burning.
I am thinking too much about politics,
activism, violence and civil society.
Moe Kang Pagoda, Yangon (at Somewhere in Ygn City)
Rakhine crabs with spicy snail salad and roasted fire bug!!! Simply amazing! #yangon #rakhine #foodie #uchicago #chicago #nepal (at Min Lann Rakhine Mont Ti @ San Chaung)
My much anticipated trip to Burma/Myanmar started on June 16th. And, it was nothing less than full of anxiety. Two hours prior to my bus trip from Chicago to NY, I had learned that the information listed on the website of Myanmar Embassy has changed but not updated. It meant that I could no longer go to Burma and get Visa on arrival. I had to get visa prior to arriving in Yangon. So, the ticket got canceled, a new ticket was booked, a duplicate ticket was issued and documents to apply for a visa was collected within the span of two hours prior to leaving Chicago.