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Covert Myanmar Photo Workshop
During the first seven day of the workshops we will be in Yangon, the former capitol of Myanmar and its biggest town. The Yangon bridges the historic gap: The Botahtaung Pagoda on the riverbank and the Sula Pagoda, which is very quiet when you walk into it, although it is situated at a lively round-about in Yangon town centre and is encircled by the incessant noise of music.
But Yangon has much more to boast than just a building. Located in the fruitful south of Myanmar and nourished by the waters of the Yangon River, it is a green place with tree-lined avenues, extensive parklands and orchards. Known as "The Garden Town of the East", it has the tranquil Lake Kandawgyi, whose quiet waters cover an area of 150 hectares and are bounded by the Kandawgyi Nature Park's luxuriant exotic forests, and the huge Lake Inya, an extensive man-made basin of waters just south of the town.
Besides these two seas, there are a number of other protected areas and areas of natural retreat where the local inhabitants can flee the noise of the town. Yangon and Myanmar's greatest assets are the population. Buddhist, Muslim, hinduistic and austrian influence come together in this multifaceted and independent town.
Burma's tribe is known for its courtesy and not only are guests received with a warm welcome. Myanmar's welcoming environment makes it a convenient place for aspiring photography students to refine their work. Yangon, with a total of about two million inhabitants, is also more open to practising photography than some of Asia's major cities.
These are just some of the fascinating places in Yangon that can be photographed by the participants: Bordering the Yangon River, this extensive fishmarket is a beehive full of hustle and bustle. Here you will find a variety of bees. Fishers take their cargo out of the sea with rigour and tonnes of freshwater seafood - a basic foodstuff in Myanmar - are discharged, graded and sell.
When so much is happening around you, you need to take pictures quickly to keep up with the world. Practise taking pictures while driving and try to catch those ephemeral glimpses before they are gone. Afterwards you can discover the surroundings of the square, a maze of roads with beautiful tea houses and cloisters.
Another great motif for filming is a giant fruits and vegetables fair called Thiri Mingalar, most of which is a free tourism area. Myanmar's holiest Buddhist site, this shiny golden bake crusted with jewels is about 2,500 years old and its sparkling textures are a convincing motif for a photograph.
The temples are located on a plateau with a view of the town and can be seen from almost all parts of Yangon. There' s a continuous flow of human beings who circle the gilded marble, lighting candlelight and offering sacrifices to the innumerable Buddhist sculptures. It is a quiet and fascinating place to discover, with a quiet and quiet ambience throughout the area.
Just ten and a half minute drive by boat from downtown Yangon, this rustic hometown is a million leagues from the cityscape. Here you can see outdoor shelters, in which farmers are living in the area. The Dalah and other neighbouring towns give you a foretaste of Myanmar's countryside.
Situated near Yangon University, this area is a student attraction, a young and fashionable neighborhood that seldom draws more than a glimpse of people. Lively and busy, you will see young college kids exporting the latest fashion (often from TV shows in Korea ), many traders barbecuing live seafood and food directly from their stands, as well as many cafés and restuarants.
The Hledan Market is an interesting place to catch an authentically piece of Yangon's everyday live off the beaten track. A 48-kilometer long circular route around Yangon, this rough urban transit connects satellites and suburbs to the town. Landscapes are constantly evolving, from small hamlets along the way with buildings made of wood and wood, to built-up urban landscapes, offering a variety of photo possibilities, as well as the events on the trains as travellers, workmen and salespeople gather for the journey.
Buddhist, Hindus, Muslims and Christians are living side by side in this part of the old town. A labyrinth of alleys and a large cloth and home goods fair, it has many colourful and vivid landmarks and tales to capture in front of the film.