© Marc Erwin Babej, ca. late 2000s, Bounty of the Beach, Burma (Myanmar)

Q: “Bounty of the Beach” is a really amazing picture. The shape of the woman is almost calligraphic. She is slim and bent over, wearing a hat. It’s beyond symbolism. It stands for a way of life and an orientation to the world. It has a transcendent character.

A: You hit the main points right there. The image is related to the picture of the fisherman on Inle Lake. This lady lives in the fishing village and is collecting seashells to craft into jewelry. It was taken around 4:30 PM when the sun was starting to set.

Read the full interview with Marc Erwin Babej here.