Shots along the way
16 April 2012 – The Moken are a small ethnic minority group who live as nomads in the Andaman Sea between Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago and Thailand’s Andaman islands. Citizens of neither of these countries or any other, they are considered “stateless beings” and are truly nomadic, spending most dry seasons living at sea on traditional wooden boats before settling in to an island or group of islands for the monsoons. With only around 3,000 Moken said to still be living in the traditional way, their compelling culture is now under threat. I was honored to bear witness to their ways of life, exemplified by this shot of an elderly Moken woman gathering edible shells on the coast of Thailand’s Ko Chang Noi.