Interview - Maung Maung
I met Burmese photographer Maung Maung (pronounced 'Mau-Mau') in the entrance to a temple in Bagan whilst leading our Burma Travel Photography workshop with Simon Taplin. Maung Maung has a stand there where he sells his stunning images to tourists and after only a few moments conversation, I knew I had to introduce you to this inspiring, humble and superb photographer.
Maung Maung has awards from Canon, Unesco, Ritz Group, Japan, USA and too many more to list. His knowledge and wisdom span many years and his depth of knowledge is fascinating.
One of the things I though was most interesting was hearing him say something I've been saying to my students for years. Photography isn't about snapping away like crazy and hoping there'll be a good one in there somewhere. Photography is about taking time and care.
Doing your research to find the best time of day for the appropriate light of the place you want to photograph, then thinking your way through the shot, which is what my 7 Building Blocks of Photography course is about.
Maung Maung explains how for one shot he lit a fire simply to make smoke. As the smoke drifted up it caught rays of sunshine which would otherwise have been invisible. It's this kind of thinking not the camera kit, which makes for stunning photography and international awards from the great and god.
I hope you enjoy meeting this superb photographer as much as I did.
On the Lanzarote workshop there's enough time to really begin to understand where it is that you can improve and Mike helps you understand the steps needed to make that improvement. I loved the relaxed atmosphere, the banter, the informal way in which knowledge is imparted and interacting with fellow photographers for nearly a week really got the creative juices flowing.