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The Life of a Burmese Monk

My Photo scholarship 2010 entry

Myanmar | Friday, 27 August 2010 | 5 photos

I ventured to Myanmar (Burma) in February 2010 for three weeks, with an ambition to capture some portraits of monks in their environments. I sought out monasteries and temples in various cities and towns in the hope to meet some monks, and learn more about their nature and lifestyle. I found myself being proudly shown around ancient monasteries where the monks grow up and live, and on several occasions invited to sit down and eat with them. This series aims to tell the story of a day in the life of a Burmese monk in the ancient, history rich land of Myanmar.

I would be privileged to win this scholarship as my main joy in life outside my musical pursuits is travelling and capturing moments of life through photography. Each year since my first independent trip in 2004 I have been compelled to visit culturally rich locations around the world. The chance to continue learning about cameras and the art of photography with an expert would be invaluable to me.
This scholarship would suit me perfectly as it has a focus on landscape and culture. My two favourite styles of photography are portraiture and landscape.

I am a very patient person, and I travel with my eyes open and a smile on my face to offer to the locals. I enjoy spending lots of time in a particular location or around certain people in order to get the perfect shot. To work with an industry professional like Jason Edwards would be incredibly useful for me as I am at a point in my life where my career path is not fixed. After receiving positive reactions to my work with requests for photo shoots and having some photo publications, I would be grateful to learn more about this wondrous art form.

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