Myanmar Travel Photography – 2 . 5 weeks // 4 friends // lots of photos

Personal work is such an important thing as a photographer (or any other creative profession for the matter) as it allows you to experiment and ‘create’ solely for you yourself. No expectation or brief, just do whatever you want. I make time for this at least a few times a year as it helps me grow as a photographer and keeps me bubbling with excitement every time I pick up my camera.

When I was asked by my good friend – and exceptional photographer – Kristian Leven, if I’d like to travel around Myanmar with him and a couple of our other photographer friends for 2.5 weeks in the ‘off season’ I had to jump at the chance. Myself, Kristian, Ross Harvey (legend and photographer extraordinaire) and Sachin Khona (an incredibly creative brother-from-another-mother) set off mid February on the trip of a lifetime.

I’m not going to babble on forever about just how incredible this trip was – just rest assure it exceeded all of my expectations and if you get the chance to travel to Myanmar – DO IT. The Burmese people are the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Not once did we feel out of our depths or unsafe. In a country that has had so many terrible atrocities inflicted upon it, you might expect the people to be a little un-welcoming but it was the complete opposite. We walked around with smiles on our faces all day and were always greeted with a smile back – even when we were asking to take peoples photos ๐Ÿ™‚

I had so many fantastic experiences in the 2.5 weeks I was away – climbing aboard a rice boat whilst the guys were working around me, spending the morning with Kristian in a Buddhist monastery with the monks, soaking in the incredible sunsets, walking around the beautiful pagodas at dawn and boarding an oil rig just because I could (the camera really is a ticket to anywhere). These are just a fraction of the many things we did!

Anyway, as you can imagine I took loooooads of photos. I’ve culled it down to some of my favourites and I’m sharing those below. I’d love to know what you think so please leave a comment or drop me a message. If you’ve got any questions about anything then please don’t hesitate to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

As I’ve already been asked about the equipment I took, heres the answer: Canon 5D3 with 35L (which I used for 85% of the photos below) and an Olympus OMD EM5 with the 17mm and 45mm.

This is where it all began, at the Hninn Si Budget Inn…

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28 Comments

  1. Tom Weller March 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Oh mate – amazing! Only had a quick scan through so far but will take my time on the second pass. Stunning work.

  2. John Hope March 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Fuck. Insanely good my friend!

  3. Matt Parry March 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    absolutelyโ€ฆ.no question, one of the most captivating set of images I have seen matt. It had me hooked start to finish.
    characters, story telling..I can feel my wanderlust returning. Proper proper photography!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Irene Yap March 16, 2015 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    LOVE THESE! SE Asia is so far my favourite part of the world, and I love it even more now.

  5. Kristian Leven March 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    Ohhhhh, duuuuude….been through these twice now, and as much as I loved them the first time round, I had to skip the U Bein bridge part the second time as my FOMO was kicking in hard! This just makes me want to do it all over again man! Incredible set, and absolutely LOVED doing this with you dude. Much manly love your way X

  6. Kelly March 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Matt

    These are truly amazing. It looks like a wonderful place. I could look at these over and over again. Blown away!

  7. Steve Fuller March 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos Matt, looks like one hell of a trip!

  8. Debbie Tyler March 16, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Such richness in poverty! An amazing journey for you, both professionally and spiritually!

  9. Sophie Tyler March 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    You, my brother, are a pretty bloody awesome photographer! Incredible photos…I’m very proud of you xxx

  10. Betty March 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    Fabulous pictures! Thanks for including pics of your fellow photographers. The silhouette of Kristian is great!

  11. Alexis Jaworski March 17, 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Great images Matt! Loved looking through them and not only it looks like a fantastic experience but you captured some cracking shots! Great work Mate!

  12. Stephen Bunn March 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Such a great set of frames, you have embraced the colour, light and culture of the country. Wonderful mix of travel, street and portraiture.

  13. Andy Li March 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Wow! I think everyone needs to go on a journey like this…the world would be a better place! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Tina Cleary March 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Wow love them all.

  15. David Jenkins March 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Brilliant Matt, what a trip. Your black and whites of the fishermen and the bikers especially, are so good.

  16. Matthew Long March 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Brilliant mate, absolutely brilliant. Adventures for the win!

  17. Sam March 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Completely fixated from the very first to the very last frame mate, amazing work!!

  18. Az March 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I love them all!

  19. Steven Carter Hewson March 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Absolutely phenomenal work, mate. You nailed every single shot! Loved them.

  20. greggles March 19, 2015 at 12:05 am - Reply

    best.photos.ever

  21. Sachin Khona March 19, 2015 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Matt, dude .. First of all, Kristian’s comment cracked me up. Ha! #fomobanter
    Onto the images .. wow dude. I love the moments you’ve captured and the connection you build with your subjects in the portraits. Seriously, seriously top drawer set of images here (and I know these are only a portion of the awesome you took).
    Can’t wait for the next journey brother.
    Sach
    peace

  22. Lyndsey Goddard March 19, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    Matt, these are exceptional. The compositions are fantastic, the use of light is sublime and you’ve shown warmth of the people and the richness of their everyday lives effortlessly. I can only imagine the adventures and the bonding you guys had, but for us lot at home you’ve given us a great set of images to look at and an insight into this magical place.

  23. Paul Andrews March 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Just so incredibly good mate, but then i knew they were going to be… *hangs up camera*

  24. Lorenzo Ali March 20, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Too good! Really enjoying the photos of this amazing adventure.

  25. Mark Trela March 29, 2015 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Holy crap! This is so good.

  26. Bo Marcus Win March 29, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Simply incredible photos.

  27. Mark Byron July 31, 2015 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    These photographs are not only beautiful but they tell a great story. Stunning work.

  28. MARIANNE FERNANDEZ January 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your website, it is really great ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really love to travel too because it an amazing experience! I also did a website:
    https://operalphotography.wordpress.com/

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