This is a picture I did not take

of a Myanmar soldier with a machine gun, looking down at me in a taxi as he leaned out of the passenger side of a military truck in the middle of a pre-dawn convoy of trucks ferrying office supplies (teak file cabinets, potted palms) from Yangon, Burma to the new location of the capital in Pyinmana.

This is not a picture, though my small, black camera was in my lap, and as the soldier leaned out and stared down at me, I looked at my lap, and as much as I wanted to reach for the camera, doing so would have risked my well-being, and more so, that of my driver's, who piloted us inbetween the trucks, hopscotching us through their long line -- neither of us saying a word.

It is officially illegal in Burma to photograph, possess or sell images not just of democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi, but of soldiers, military installations, or anything that has to do with the government. Much of the country is officially Unphotographable.