MYANMAR (BURMA) DOCUMENTARY AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
BY MATTHEW WILLIAMS-ELLIS, UK BASED DOCUMENTARY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN LONDON
Below is a collection of my favourite photos of Myanmar (Burma) taken during 2 month-long trips. Both were personal trips, looking for opportunities to keep developing my 6 minute exposure project, which will exhibit in London, as well explore the country for possible future photography workshop holidays.
During my time in Myanmar (Burma), I was completely blow away by the friendliness and generosity of the people, often in situations where they had very little. While the different destinations around the country offered wide ranging experiences, the warmness of the people was constant everywhere I went.
As with most visits, both started in Yangon; a chaotic and traffic-choked, yet engrossing city. I took the opportunity to visit nearby Twante, where I photographed some potters. These images were a finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year 2015. In the South, I also witnessed pilgrims praying all night at the Golden Rock and explored the stunning landscape and caves around Hpa Ap. On the way north, I completed a fantastic 2 day trek between the hill-top town of Kalaw and Inle Lake, staying in a Buddhist Monastery en route. It was a similar story at Hsipaw, where I met and photographed the beautiful Palau Hill Tribe. When there is so much hype about a destination such as Bagan, it can sometimes be underwhelming, however this was the complete opposite. Hiring a moped to explore the temples at sunrise and sunset was a fantastic way to spend a few days. After a lot of ummmmming and ahhhhing, I also jumped on a 36 hour bus journey to Mrauk U, which threw up all manner of surprises including the Tattooed women of the Chin State and a festival for a deceased monks, where they fired rockets at his coffin! There were so many more destinations and experiences aside, but I will let the photos speak for themselves below.
If the photos below leave you wanting more, my full collection of photos of Myanmar can be found in my Myanmar (Burma) travel photography archive.