Indigo Story

“The man in the Indigo uniform and the fashion

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“Indigo Collection,” read a fashion advertisement on the side wall of a supermarket in downtown Yangon. The moment I saw the ad, I realized the two men in front of it: one sitting and one sleeping. I found it a coincidence that the sitting man’s uniform and the title of the ad matched and thought that would be a good picture and clicked the shutter-release button without hesitation.The sitting man is a low-ranked government official and the lying man is a construction worker of a site seen in the reflection of the ad. Then I looked around; the side of the supermarket, being closed to a bus stop is not only crowded but also filled with many small businesses such as brokers, beggars, beetle nut shops, sex-workers, taxi drivers and so on. Most of the people seen there comprise the working class of Burma. However, the fancy super market, furnished with expensive bakeries and fashion stores, is a place where upper-middle class and upper class people hangout. The two different social communities being side by side was very interesting to me. The  man in the Indigo uniform and the fashion advertisement was not just a coincidence that made a good street photography but it was showing the social gap between Burmese Citizens.

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