Amee shows her baby boy, snuggled in a comfortable rattan basket. Amee, an opium smoker, gave birth to a baby with a craving, which she satisfies by gently blowing opium smoke into his face. When this photo was taken in 1979, Amee’s remote Thai border village had no access to contraceptives or medical facilities and many women bore children from when in their teens until their 40’s. Almost half of the Lahu children never saw their third birthday. Both of Amee’s boys survived with Kali, the elder, becoming the village headman and father of four. Ja Chee (‘unhusked rice’ in Lahu), the addicted baby, became the first Lahu in his district to gain a university degree and he now teaches music in a local high school.
Nikon FM2, nikkor 28mm lense, kodachrome slide film. Natural light. Scanned at 7200 dpi in a Plustek slide scanner and cleaned in photoshop.