STREET PHOTOGRAPHY: MYANMAR IN MONOCHROME

A visit to Myanmar is just like winding back the clock. When first I stepped into this time-warped country in Oct 2011, I felt I was being brought into the true authentic Asia where the adventure travel of old lives on. The sight of creaking buses packed with passengers to the brim, worn-out taxis and potholed roads greeted me. There were not a single sight of McDonald or 7-Eleven, and you can forget about the internet for a moment.

Some people still refer to Myanmar by its old name, Burma. This is a country that conjures up the romanticism of colonial days, the beauty of an ancient civilisation’s architectural legacy, and more recently, harsh oppression by a military regime. Out of the several countries that I had visited in South East Asia, Myanmar attracted the most interest from fellow travelers and locals alike. It has only recently opened up to the outside world after four decades of isolation, and there has been much talk on whether one should visit Myanmar or not. To me, these concerns are understandable but unnecessary.

During my stay in Myanmar, I managed to cover the highlights through the popular travel circuit of the country: Yangon (Rangoon), Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake (Shan State). In this collection, I seek to put together some selected images of street photography that I had captured in Myanmar. Documentary and street photography – being my favorite genres, have never escaped my mind. I am always consciously on the look out for unique frames that will reflect the honesty of everyday life in its untainted natural state. Most of the images are captured in Yangon, where opportunities for street photography present itself more than the other slower-paced provinces.

Myanmar is a country that fuels my emotions and stimulates my senses, and I hope to reflect it through some street photographs…

Through The Window (Yangon, Myanmar)

Looking Up (Yangon, Myanmar)

Resting and Working (Yangon, Myanmar)

Day dreaming (Yangon, Myanmar)

Some Food For Thought (Yangon, Myanmar)

The Fruit Seller (Yangon, Myanmar)

Walking Towards The Buddha (Ananda Temple, Bagan, Myanmar)

"I'll Be Watching Your Back" (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

Taking a Peep (Yangon, Myanmar)

Keep Rolling (Yangon, Myanmar)

Dreaming And Meditating (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

The Big Cigar (Bagan, Myanmar)

Keep Walking (Yangon, Myanmar)

Hiding Away (Shwe Yan Pyay Pagoda, Inle Lake, Myanmar)

The Morning Walk (Bagan, Myanmar)

I'm Dreaming Of You (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

The Odd One (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

Never Give Up (Yangon, Myanmar)

Bathing The Buddha (Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar)

Take A Break (Yangon, Myanmar)

Happy Moments (In Dein, Inle Lake, Myanmar)

Through The Lens (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

Under The Moonlight (Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar)

~Editorial & Photography by Loy Chuan (Nov, 2011)~

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Reinhart Meyer - 5 December, 2011 - 8:10 AM

Hi Loy,

great pics, congratulations!!! (from Mojan)

loychuan - 5 December, 2011 - 10:28 PM

Hi Mojan, thanks very much. Great to hear from you!

Meble Lazienkowe - 14 December, 2011 - 1:30 AM

Usually I don’t read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice article.

loychuan - 14 December, 2011 - 10:59 PM

Thanks very much Meble! Glad you like it.

kiahng - 17 May, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Superb photos series.

loychuan - 10 August, 2013 - 10:56 AM

Hi Kiahng, Thank you very much for viewing my photo blog and thanks for your kind compliments! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Keep in touch!

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