My name is Rubén Salgado Escudero, I'm a Spanish born photographer having grown up in many different countries. This space will be used as a photographic diary through my life for the time to come. It's a record reflecting some of my experiences, emotions, inspirations and motivations, as I try to find my place in this exciting world. Step by step, one frame at a time.
I'm sorry for not having posted for a long time. A lot has been going on, I was in Vietnam for a few weeks travelling through the country by train or motorcycle and rarely had access to internet in most remote areas. I will post some photos from there soon. After Vietnam, I went back to Yangon and was fortunate to take part in a documentary film making workshop with a great Polish director named Piotr Stasik. Needless to say, after the workshop was over I have been full of inspiration and motivation to work on documentary film. I decided to make a short film for a polish contest with the theme 'solidarity'. Here is the short, my first attempt at documentary film making. I am very excited to have been awarded the '' Grand Prix '' for this film.
When first arriving in Myanmar's economic capital, I didn't expect to see so many publicity adds, large posters and banners adorning the streets. Yangon is clearly the most modern and is different from any other city and although in the rest of the country consumerism is not yet as evident, even in small towns, people knew the names of some of a new wave of female models who are coming into the spotlight. In reality there are not that many yet, many of the same faces are being used to sell all sorts of different products. The fashion world is still at its first steps and so the overwhelming overflow of models have not yet arrived here. While walking through Yangon I came across various photo shoots happening in the middle of the street within the people. Although Myanmar is still far from Thailand's extreme level of materialism and superficiality, signs of its arrival are clear and unfortunately I fear that this is only the beginning.
A model poses in the middle of the street a busy hour in Yangon.
Excited South Korean sailors pose with Burmese model interrupting her photo shoot.
A monk relaxes while a model poses during a photo shoot taking place in Maha Bandola Garden.
We set off from Nyaungshwe on a 2 day hike up to Sin Mee (elephants tail) village which is about 1800 meters above sea-level. Our trusted guide, Whin Tin mentioned to us on the way that we would come across a Yin Pyar Village, which is mainly populated by the Taunyu Ethnic group. To our fortune, we happened to stumble into a gathering of many people of all ages, many dressed in traditional attire. It was a celebration before a ceremony was to take place, to give right of passage to youngsters who were to become Monks. The locals welcomed us dearly as everywhere in Myanmar since the day I arrived. Here are some portraits of some of the guests. We had to leave before the ceremony really got under way as we had to reach the top of the mountain before sunset and time was against us, we reached Sin Mee just in time, where we would spend 2 days with a family there, to be continued.
An Elderly Taunyu woman attending the ceremony.