I traveled to Loikaw to photograph the Kayah State festival, because I believed It hadn’t been photographed by a westerner before. Of course its likely that it has been, but I couldn’t find any images on Google image search, Flickr or Alamy stock site to which I contribute. I thought that perhaps taking unique original images would be a good way to sell more of my work.
We arrived on 31st December, New years day. According to a website the Festival was on 3-5th January. Unfortunately Our Landlady at the Nan Ayar Inn informed us that the festival actually ran from the 10th to the 18th of January this year with the big day, Kayah State day, on the 15th.
Once Mid was out of hospital and recovered from her illness, the festival was only a few days away, so we decided to stay and stick to our original plan. Unfortunately with only having a tourists visa allowing us 28 days stay in Myanmar, it became apparent that our Burmese traveling experience was going to consist of Yangon to Liokaw, to Yangon, then out. The downside to this was that I was going to miss out on the photographic opportunities offered by Inla lake and Began. The upside was that I was going to be able to get to know Loikaw far better than I had originally planned which hopefully would lead to more interesting images.