Burma image, WA0055. Myself and a few men. One holding camera case.
Photograph taken by James Henry Green in the c1926 in Burma (Myanmar).
It is interesting that, in this photograph, Green chooses to mention only the three soldiers with him and makes no mention of the two girls to his right and left. We therefore have no clear idea who these young women might be or why they should be included in such a formal composition, whether it was taken in the environs of their village or whether they where travelling with Green?s party. Poor women would be paid to accompany these military tours as coolies [see Photo 0096], but the quantity of valuable jewellery that these young women are wearing suggests that they are more likely to be the daughters of a village headman, for example. As can be seen with the images of Nang [see Photo XXX&XXX & etc.] the visits of British officers was also sometimes taken as an opportunity for chiefs and headmen to arrange for their sons and/or daughters to travel back with the party so that they might enter a mission school in Sinlum or Bhamo.