(Black) gold fever has gripped Myanmar—this series documents how a local population has abandoned age-old agricultural practices in favor of the slim hopes of striking rich with oil
All along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, you will find oil fields. But these are not the oil fields of Texas, with enormous derricks reaching up to the sky, emblazoned with multinational company logos. Indeed, the giant petroleum companies are nowhere to be found in a country which only very recently opened itself up to the outside world. In the place of foreign prospectors, you will find a much more local phenomenon: thousands of people who drill for crude oil using crude means.
It was about 11pm, dinner was over, and most people were in the panoramic lounge chatting, working on their laptops, and having a nightcap. A few of us stood on deck watching the passing scene. What lay before us begged for a panorama, so I went to my cabin, retrieved the Phase One 645 camera with 75-150mm lens, and P65+ back.