Two travel and street photography workshops in Myanmar with Maciej Dakowicz in March 2015.
The first workshop: 9 March 2015 – 22 March 2015 (14 days).
Itinerary: Yangon – Meiktila – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Taunggyi – Yangon.
Arja Litmanen – www.flickr.com/photos/arjalitmanen/
Monica de Luna – www.flickr.com/photos/monicadeluna/, silentskylark.com/
Nicola Miles – www.flickr.com/photos/nicolamiles/
Guille Ibanez – www.flickr.com/photos/vivalazoom/
Manuel Zamora-Morschhäuser – www.flickr.com/photos/manuelzamoraphotography/
The second workshop: 23 March 2015 – 29 March 2015 (7 days).
Alison Adcock – www.flickr.com/photos/alisonadcock/, www.alisonadcock.com/
Raymund Cruz – www.flickr.com/photos/95521955@N05/
Rammy Narula – www.flickr.com/photos/rammynarula/, www.rammynarula.com/
The First Workshop
more coming soon
The Second Workshop
Workshop Participant Photos
Monica de Lunawww.flickr.com/photos/monicadeluna/, silentskylark.com/
Alison Adcockwww.flickr.com/photos/alisonadcock/, www.alisonadcock.com/
Rammy Narulawww.flickr.com/photos/rammynarula/, www.rammynarula.com/
What is Lonely Planet saying about Myanmar? “‘This is Burma’, wrote Rudyard Kipling. ‘It is quite unlike any place you know about.’ How right he was: more than a century later Myanmar remains a world apart.
To travel here is to encounter men wearing skirt-like longyi, women smothered in thanakha (traditional make-up) and betel-chewing grannies with mouths full of blood-red juice – and that’s just at the airport! One of the most fascinating aspects of travel in Myanmar is the opportunity to experience a corner of Asia that, in many ways, has changed little since British colonial times. Myanmar, for instance, has yet to be completely overwhelmed by Western clothing. It’s also a country of many incredible and sometimes surreal sites. Contemplate the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan. Stare in disbelief at the Golden Rock teetering impossibly on the edge of a chasm. Ride a horse cart past colonial-era mansions. Meet multitalented monks who have taught their cats to jump, or feisty elderly Chin women, their faces tattooed with intricate designs.
Turn back the clock with a trip to this time-warped country where there’s no such thing as a 7-Eleven or an ATM, and people still use horse and cart to get around. Liberate yourself from your mobile phone (it won’t work here) and the internet (you can get online, but connections are sloooow) and discover a culture where holy men are more revered than rock stars. Drift down the Ayeyarwady in an old river steamer, stake out a slice of beach on the blissful Bay of Bengal, or trek through pine forests to minority villages scattered across the Shan Hills. Dig into the myriad dishes of the local cuisine, from a hearty bowl of mohinga noodles for breakfast to the fermented tea-leaf mixture that’s a popular finish to a Burmese meal. Swap cocktails and canapés for snacks and tea sweetened with condensed milk at teahouses where you can shoot the breeze with locals.
You no doubt know that Myanmar is a troubled land. In 2011, following the previous year’s election, a quasi-civilian government was sworn in and Aung San Suu Kyi, at the time of research, had been released from house arrest. The tourism boycott that persuaded many to steer clear of the country for over a decade has been lifted. It’s still up to you to decide whether it’s time to visit. Keep in mind that the long-suffering people are everything the regime is not. Gentle, humorous, engaging, considerate, inquisitive and passionate, they want to play a part in the world, and to know what you make of their world. Yes, this is Burma – come with your mind open and you’ll leave with your heart full. ”
Exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot there! Myanmar is one of Maciej’s favourite countries. He has been twice to Myanmar before and spent a considerable amount of time shooting there. During the workshop he will share his local knowledge and photography experience.
Participants are encouraged to arrive a day or two before starting the workshop to become accustomed to the Burmese climate and environment. The weather in March is comfortable, but it will be slowly getting hotter. Please don’t forget a sun lotion and good hat. We will shoot in the mornings and afternoons/evenings, spending the mid-day hours on editing and learning photography.
Each of the workshop will be a very practical experience and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of 4 or 5 participants means a very high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break or shooting on your own. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks. Maciej is a very experienced photographer specialised in travel and street photography. You will learn a great deal of new things. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people, talk and photograph them. In the evening or in the middle of the day you will edit and discuss your photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. There will be presentations on several nights of the workshop in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed.
It will be a very memorable adventure that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too.
Costs and Practical Information
The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport. Luckily Myanmar is still a very affordable place to be and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £200. The group will stay in affordable and comfortable hotels and a single room price will be around £20 per person.
A Myanmar tourist visa can be obtained online, from Myanmar embassies in most of the countries or in the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok (can be obtained on the same day even). Maciej will be getting his Myanmar visa online a couple of days before the first workshop. The visa validity is 28 days.
You can fly to Myanmar (Yangon) from most of the airports, directly or changing flights in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or other transit airports. Maciej will be flying to Yangon on AirAsia from Bangkok, as he will be spending a week there just before the first workshop.
Maciej’s photos from Myanmar shot on the previous photography workshops (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant):
Please also take a look at the previous workshops to see what kind of pictures is taken on such trips. Maciej has organised and lead two workshops in Myanmar so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).
Here is a report from the last two photography workshops in Myanmar with selected student photos: http://www.maciejdakowicz.com/workshops/travel-and-street-photography-workshops-myanmar-2014/
ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz
Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist currently based in Mumbai, India. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, a member of the Wideangle photo agency, the international street photography collective In-Public and the un-posed Polish street photography collective. He has worked on various photographic projects in the UK and abroad and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled in two major street photography books published by Thames & Hudson – “Street Photography Now” in 2010 and “The World Atlas of Street Photography” in 2014. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012.