When I first arrived in Myanmar (Burma) back in 2012 I felt like I'd entered a land that time forgot. Young monks walked through the streets in pink robes to collect alms. People wore thanaka on their face, a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. Golden light covered the temples on the plains of Bagan.
If Myanmar doesn't make you want to click your shutter all day, nothing will. It's like a living documentary. In fact, my photo from Bagan (the one at the top of this page), was one of the winning images of the National Geographic Traveler photo contest. And I was only just going out for a walk when I took it.
A Moment of Transition
As I spent more time there, what stood out most was the hospitality of the locals. The country was opening up and its people were too. They were just as curious about me as I was of them.
Some try to compare Myanmar to the countries that border it: India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, and China. Is it more like India or Thailand? The answer is none of them. Myanmar is a country unlike any other.
Whenever travelers talk about Myanmar today, they always say the same thing, "Go now." Visit before the effects of mass tourism and globalization take hold. I'm sure that Myanmar will always be an incredible place, no matter how time changes it. But I'm also confident that 20 years from now, people will look back at this moment as a special time.
Preserving The Past While Giving Back
For this photo adventure, I've teamed up with my good friend and photographer Dylan Goldby. He literally wrote the book, or better "wrote AND photographed the book", on Myanmar's disappearing Lai Tu facial tattoo tradition.
He raised nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter and then donated all future book sales to the tribes. His project was featured in news outlets across the globe like South China Morning Post, Slate, Huffing Post, and more.
Now the two of us would like to take you on a journey to Myanmar, a place that should be at the top of every travel photographer's bucket list...
Oftentimes, it's the simple things that can make travel tiresome: waiting in lines for entrance tickets, deciding how to get from place to place, haggling with taxi or tuk-tuk drivers, or even finding a good place to eat or stay. Let us take care of the details so you can focus on creating stunning images.
We will get you to the right places at the right times with the best light.
We believe each photo adventure should be flexible and adapt to the needs of the students. Since there is a 1-4 instructor/student ratio, you’ll get plenty of individual attention from us.
Teaching will take place in the field in an organic fashion, and encompass a range of elements that all good travel photographers need from landscape to portraiture, to street and architecture. There will also be free time in the evenings if you’d like a portfolio review or want tips on how to improve your photo editing skills.
In other words, Myanmar will be your classroom.
If you prefer to be left alone that’s fine too. Our goal is to create a memorable experience built on flexibility, community, discussion, and the freedom to learn and photograph what you like. And of course come home with a compelling travel portfolio you’re proud of!
What's NOT Included:
Hey, I'm a former university professor turned travel photographer. I've spent the last 10 years living in one of the most incredible regions of the world - Asia. Now I want to share the experience with you. And help you transform your photography. My award-winning images have been featured in National Geographic Traveler, CNN, BBC, Fstoppers, and as a staff writer for Digital Photography School. Click here to find out more about me..
Hi! I've been based out of and exploring Asia for the last 12 years. I am the creator of the Tattoos of Asia photo project, a writer for Fstoppers and CreativeLive, and a passionate pursuer of stories. I have run several photography tours in South Korea and Thailand, and am now teaming up with Pete DeMarco to take you to my favourite place on the planet, Myanmar. I look forward to sharing my passion for photography and the peoples of Myanmar with you. Click here to find out more about me.
"I've attended workshops by both Dylan and Pete in South Korea and found them to be extremely helpful. They're not only experienced photographers but trained educators as well. This sets them apart from the others. They really know how to bring the best images out of you.
"Dylan is a patient teacher that cares about the development, artistically, of his students. His hands-on approach calms whatever teach knowledge fears you may have, and allows you to focus on creating your image."
"During Pete's workshop in Malaysia, he taught us how to take aerial images using a drone and how to shoot long-exposures. Pete's knowledge of the area, patient tutorial, and enthusiasm for the art of photography made it the best photography workshop I've ever attended."
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In order to claim your pre-launch bonus, reserve your spot now with a $100 deposit. If you decide you can't join the tour, just let us know by September 15th and your deposit will be refunded in full - no questions asked. Space is limited, so don't miss out!
It doesn't matter what level of photographer you are. Even if you've just bought your first camera, we are ready to help you learn how to use it. And if you're more experienced, you'll still find plenty of opportunities to practice and hone your skills.
On a physical level, the tour is not very demanding. We won't be hiking any mountains or making any long treks. We will however be walking quite a bit. There will be some breaks in between, but you'll need to be OK with spending a bit of time on your feet. Also, if you prefer to bring a friend or spouse they are welcome to join the tour too. Let us know if you have any questions.
"It is uncommon to find a photographer who is capable of capturing their unique perspective of the world. More unlikely is discovering a photographer whose teaching ability parallels their photographic talent. In a short amount of time, Dylan doesn't just teach fundamentals, he teaches a fresh way to see the world."
"Pete and Dylan have technical expertise, artistic insight, love for travel, and most importantly they are experienced teachers. They are no strangers to instructing learners at all levels. On top of that, they are both great guys and workshop participants will definitely have fun while learning and experiencing Myanmar. With many years of photography experience as well as stunning portfolios, you will be in good hands during the workshop.
"If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” ~ Jim Richardson, National Geographic