Rubén Salgado Escudero, photographer & videographer in Mexico: Blog en-us (C) Rubén Salgado Escudero (Rubén Salgado Escudero, photographer & videographer in Mexico) Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:11:00 GMT Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:11:00 GMT Rubén Salgado Escudero, photographer & videographer in Mexico: Blog 120 120 Documentary Short: "Rebels with a Cause'' 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.


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Bagan's Mystical Pagodas


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Rainy Season in Yangon


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Yangon's Fashion World 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.

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Faces of the Taunyu 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.

Young Taunyu women dressed in traditional ceremonial head-scarfs.
A young Taunyu man poses dressed in moden wear.

A Monk smokes in his tent while waiting for the ceremony to commence.
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The 'Thanga Thé', Traditional Inle Lake Fishermen. We arrived in Nyaungshwe after a 13 hour bus ride from Yangon as we wanted to get to know and do a short story on the Taunyu and Pha Oo people living in its surroundings. Nyaungshwe is known for its massive & beautiful lake (Inle Lake) which is home of the 'Thanga Thé' fishermen. The 'Thanga Thé' are distinct because of the way they fish and specially row their motor-less longboats. Their very unique technique consists of rowing using only one leg, making a swift and elegant sway of the oar across the water. We woke up before sunrise, jumped on a motor boat and went on the search for these fishermen to see how they glided across the lake while looking to catch the day's fish which they then sell to locals in the nearby villages. The elegant manner in which these skilled men stand on their shallow vessels is very reminiscent to Venice’s Gondolas. It is definitely a sight to see and remarkable that even today this traditional way of fishing still is very active here today.

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Christian Animal Sacrifice in Chin State


Animal sacrifice ceremony held by Catholic Burmese in Chin State, Myanmar.



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Traditional Young Taunyu


Young Taunyu woman dressed in traditional clothing. Portrait series from a rite to passage ceremony coming soon on the blog.


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Dat Paund Su, The 'forgotten' Monastery  

After an 11 hour bus-ride from Yangon to Mon State, we arrived in Kyaiktiyo, a small town which holds one of Asia's most important Buddhist Pilgrimages, known to the west as the Golden Rock. (I'll post about that next time). There is a hidden gem however which is not frequently visited, called Dat Paund Su. Dat Paund Su is a small Buddhist Monastery located about an hour hike up a mountain from Kyaiktiyo village, where about 20 monks reside and practice their devotion to Buddha in quiet and piece, away from it all. As we arrived there, the monks seemed to be very surprised to see a Western face there and welcomed us with open arms, inviting us to stay with them and get to know their everyday life a little better. The Monastery's Abbat (the Monk 'priest' if you will) radiated nothing but humbleness and wisdom, and made sure that our stay was of the most pleasant experiences. Monks play such an important role in every level of society here, it was a great privilege to get a bit closer to understanding their every day life. 

U Nanda, 64 Years Old, is the Head Monk at Dat Paund Su Monastery. He has been living here for over 40 years, dedicading his life to the preachings of buddha.

U Nanda reading prayers while keeping cool on the wooden floor. 


Monks eating a meal while being fanned by devotees. A group of women come there every day to bring Monks food, cook for them and make sure that all their basic needs are met. According to Buddhist beliefs, Monks may not eat after 12 midday, until the sun rises on the next day. 

Than Htaik has been living as a Monk in this Monastery for one week. By donating money, one can move into a Monastery and live as a Monk for a chosen amount of time as a means to free oneself of wrong doings. 




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Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock)  

After having been in Dat Aung Su with its most welcoming monks, we parted the next day to go visit the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, known as the 'Golden Rock'. This gigantic rock defies gravity by hanging 'miraculously' on the side of a hill, in a position which one would expect it to fall. Legend states that a strand of Buddha's hair, keeps it from falling down the hill.  Every year, thousands of Buddhist devotees climb up the mountain to pay respect to this most spiritual shrine by bringing offerings such as candles and food. Its golden surface is made of layer after layer of thin gold leaf which men (women are not aloud to touch the shrine) place on the rock before praying against it. We were warned that the last transports back down the mountain was at 6 pm, however since we wanted to get the best light and in the evening is when mass prayers are under way, we thought we could somehow find someone to take us down after. For To our surprise, it turns out that the road is closed all together after that time and so we had to make a 3 hour hike in pitch black back down the mountain which was an adventure of its own. Staying later however allowed us to experience the most magical situations, with an air filled with spirituality, faith and respect.

A Japanese tourist is carried by Shan local workers up the hill towards the Golden Rock. This is a service which is offered for handicapped and old people or to those who have ambitions to feel like royalty.

The gravity defying Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) is one of Buddhism's most endeared prayer site.

The rock's surface is covered with layer after layer of thin golden leaf. After praying by leaning on the rock, male devotees place these small pieces of gold on the rock. Women are not aloud to touch or even get too near to the rock.

Women praying a distance from Kyaiktiyo Pagoda as they are not permitted to come physically too close to the shrine.

Devotees and monks pray together while facing the golden rock. Many people stay overnight and sleep on the floor of the monastery held next to Kyaiktiyo Pagoda.

A monk leans on Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in a deep moment of meditative prayer.




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Daily Life, Yangon.


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'Pe chaé ' Burmese Pool Culture  

While walking through the neighborhood where I've been staying in Yangon (The Muslim quarter, east of Yangon's busy main train station) I ran across a small shack where a group of Burmese were involved in a heated game of pool. A family lives in this shack, creating an air combining everyday family life with one of games and gambling. The way the Burmese play this version of pool which they call 'Pe Chaé', is quite different to the west. The game here is a combination of cards with pool, where each player has to put in the balls according to the numbers on their deck of cards. This is part of the photo story I'm putting together about this fascinating game which is a large past time for mostly Burmese men. 


An Intense competitive atmosphere fills the room in this small pool hall in Yangon.

Players watch closely as Kywe hits the ball. 

A Player studies his cards while another hits the ball. The player must hit only the numbers which he holds on his hand of cards. If the player puts in a ball with a number that is not contained in their hand, that player looses automatically.

Money being thrown on the table as bets are being made before the next game begins.

The game's score is talleyed on a chalk board as the game goes on. 

Kywe reads his cards while concentrating on what his next shot will be. Kywe means 'rich' in Burmese.

A boy runs to his mother past the pool table as players continue their game. 




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Yangon, First Impressions Since arriving in Yangon, 4 days ago, I have been overwhelmed by the friendlyness the Burmese transmit. It is emident that the country is very new to tourism as the people cannot help but to stare at you, however as soon as eye contact is made, nothing but smiles are sent with nothing but kindness and warmth. Here are some first images of everyday life. 

A Monk watches the sunset while smoking a cigarette, Dalla, Yangon.

14 Year old mom sells food at her street stand. Bangladesh being a neighboring country, there is a large community in Yangon. 

3 Muslim Burmese walk down the street as a Buddhist Rickshaw driver passes by. Yangon has a vast mixture of religions and ethnic groups. 




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A Serbian Wedding.  

Two weeks ago I had the honor of being invited to a Serbian Wedding by one of my good friends, who's cousin was getting married. The wedding took place in Sokobanja, a small town of about 8,000 residents located 230 KM east of Belgrade. Needless to say, this was as authentic a Serbian celebration as could be imagined. Serbian weddings are full of food, drink, and live music. Yes, Spanish, German and American weddings have all these elements too, but no, in Serbia it's very different, so much more intense. The people here are so warm hearted, so passionate, it was evident how strong the bond between family members and friends are in Serbian culture. Everyone seemed to know every song which was played during about an 8 hour period. Emotions were running high, a mixture of laughter, crying, hugging, and dancing, lots and lots of dancing. 




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My Journey, One Frame at a Time.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Malindi, Kenya© Rubén Salgado Escudero 
This year for me is about changes, stepping out of my safety net, and with that, dedicating more time and energy to things that matter to me, that move me. Some of these include photography, cultural diversity, and the human condition. I don't have one specific goal that I feel I need to reach. Like the German saying goes; 'Der Weg ist Das Ziel'. Which means, that the way or path you take, that, is the actual goal. I couldn't agree more. Sure I have dreams, sometimes too many maybe. There are quite a few projects I want to pursue, but putting myself under 'success' oriented pressure, and obsessing about the outcome can only be counter-productive in the path of development as an artist and more importantly as a person. I invite you to accompany me through my journey and see the world through my lens.



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