I Wish You Were There

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I used to be very active, ambitious, outstanding and sociable person. Three years ago, I fell in love with a guy, who is also a photographer. Since before our relationship, we both knew that our story would not be an easy one. But I was much into him. We were very often on the road together shooting. I never missed an opportunity to capture him through my lens in every place we went together. And I always created an album named “I wish you were there” whenever I had to travel without him. He would have intentionally asked whom do I mean that. And I would have wickedly smiled and said why he does not know that it is he.

I thought then that we share the same dreams, energy and burring desires. I was also very assured that our relationship would somehow continue in some forms or another into the future. However, finally, I learned that it was all my delusion.

Since our separation, I struggled to be able to function well and be productive. Photography was the most difficult part. I had so lost my way that sometimes I could not even touch my camera for months. I wonder how other people lived through pain and passed through their broken-heart journeys.

Over time, the more I grappled with pain, the clearer I realized that I could use my camera as a mirror and a way to reflect my survival during my loneliest travels.

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Love Means Love

Shwe Yee (28) and Su Myat (24) have been in their relationship for a year. They both have been working as a management person and a video editor together in a creative media company where they met and fell in love each other. They now live together in Shwe Yee’s family’s house. Shwe Yee’s mother, two sisters and some of their friends recognize their relationship. On Su Myat’s side, her uncles know about their relationship. Her uncles brought up Su Myat. “It is like people neither accept nor deny our relationship. Some of our friends and relatives recognize our relationship and us. May be they don’t look that as a serious relationship. It’s okay and not a problem. We are totally fine with our relationship. And we are true to each other. ” they both said smiling. For Shwe Yee, Su Myat is her first love. “I used to have boyfriends. That’s why I realize that men don’t attract me. I was not happy being together with men. I am now very happy with her. We love to each other. And we are very willing and happy to have photo shots for the &Proud Photo Exhibition as the event period coincides with our anniversary.” Su Myat said.

Note: This photo series won the 1st Prize at &Proud Photo Competition 2016 in Series (Photo Documentary) Category. Check out &PROUD to learn more about &Proud Photo Exhibition and Contest.

 

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You can’t blame gravity for falling in love._Albert Einstein

 

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance._Oscar Wilde 

 

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Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love._Mother Teresa

 

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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear._Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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The best thing to hold onto in life is each other._Audrey Hepburn 

 

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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies._Aristotle 

 

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True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen._Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

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Where there is love, there is life._Mahatma Gandhi 

 

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Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile._Franklin P.Jones

 

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To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides._David Viscott 

 

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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage._Lao Tzu 

 

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Love is a great beautifier._Louisa May Alcott 

Faces on the Road

Yangon, the largest, most populace and commercialized city, in Myanmar is a resident to people with various social and economical background. When we walk around in the downtown area of city, we can see the cultural and historical richness of Yangon. For me, the most attractive thing in strolling around the downtown Yangon is its people. I call it “Faces of Yangon”. Seeing happy, smiling, laughing, looking depressed, honest and other very emotionally expressed faces on the interesting and color roads of Yangon is always an inspiration and motivation for me not only as a photographer but also as a human being.

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“It’s not the photographer who makes the picture, but the person being photographed.”

 

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“My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.”

 

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“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.”

 

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“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”

 

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Every smile, an invitation!

 

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“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

 

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“A thing that you see in my picture is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

 

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“I’m passionate about old people because I am one myself.”

 

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“The earth is art, the photographer is only a witness.”

 

 

An Evening Walk In Hometown

Our Women Photographers’ Club organized “Girls’ Monsoon Photo Walk”. Since we have agreed with the idea, we were excited to shoot in a rain. During the week before the photo walk day, we were sharing readings on “How to shoot in rain”, “How to protect your camera in the rain shoot”, etc. Our forecast was not correct. On our photo walk day, the weather was really dry and sunny. Monsoon Photo Walk turned “An Evening Walk In Hometown”. Needless to say, downtown of Yangon is never boring.

Screen

Screen

 

Contrast

Contrast

 

Flip Flop Lady

Flip Flop Lady

 

Glasses

Glasses

 

I, Other, Man and Woman

I, Others, Man and Woman

 

People and the History

People and the History

 

Shadows

Shadows

 

Togetherness

Togetherness

 

The Lady

The Lady

 

Inside

Inside

 

Looks

Looks

 

Hometown Glory

Hometown Glory