Dear Steve and all readers of stevehuffphoto.com,
My name is Gonzalo Broto; I come from Spain but I have been living around South East Asia for the last 6 years, and I’m currently based in Bangkok. Ever since I packed my suitcase to leave my country 6 years ago (with just a point and shoot camera at that time) it has been an incredible ride of trips and discoveries. At first, photography was just an afterthought, a secondary way of capturing some of the places and people I encountered along my way, but as time passed, photography slowly became almost as important as the journeys themselves, as it was a perfect way to retain memories and moments that otherwise would probably be lost in my fragile memory.
Now, all these years later, I still feel as thrilled and excited to travel as the first day I set foot in this part of the world, and I cannot help but realize that, the more I travel and the more I know the region, the more mysteries open up and the greater my enthusiasm about traveling and photography becomes. There is just so much more ahead to explore!
Last April, during Thailand’s New Year celebration (called Songkran) I traveled to a country that, despite its proximity to me, I had never visited before: Myanmar. I only had 3 days to spend there, so all I could see was its former capital, Yangon, the most populated city in the whole country and, as such, a place where the changes this country is experimenting in the last years can clearly be seen: amidst piles of rubbish everywhere in the streets, mold taking possession of every wall, colonial buildings showing a relentless abandonment and new signs of development sprouting randomly here and there, Yangon is a city full of life and energy, contrasts and even contradictions.
I would like to share 3 captures I took during my stay there to give a very simplified idea of how the city feels like: a common block of houses, chaotic yet lively, a street vendor, omnipresent throughout the city, and a little boy wearing the thanaka paste all over his face, as most kids and women still do.
Hope you enjoy these little glimpses. If you want to see my full collection of images from Yangon head to this entry in my blog, and continue from there: http://gonzalobroto.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/streets-of-yangon-ii-color-scenes.html
If you want to see my pictures from Thailand and other Asian countries, this is my blog address: http://gonzalobroto.blogspot.com