Myanmar – “Come back soon”

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Nicola Miles

"I live in Brighton, England. I've been shooting for around 7 years now, here & there, home and away. I intend to return to Myanmar again in the next 6 months to continue shooting. I'd love to do something useful in Myanmar with my photography, i'm still trying to figure out what that is & i welcome any invitations. I'm currently studying photography at Degree level in London."

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Myanmar’s incredible light calls me back each time, as do the countless heart-opening & humbling experiences I share with its people. For all its troubles and hardships, Myanmar remains one of the friendliest countries I’ve ever set foot in. The folk I meet are absolutely beautiful “Come back soon”, they say, “Please, keep me inside of your heart”. The interaction and shared stories are nothing short of intoxicating.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/4.5 . 1/2000″ . ISO 400

I’m fascinated by the intense colour, the changing shadows and light; the endless blue skies, the heat, the rich red earth. The exquisite crumbling old buildings and the tranquil rhythm of the streets, even at their busiest, the melodies that float through the air.

The rapid change that is taking place here is clear to see; the outside world moves in. I’m constantly aware of where I come from as I explore. I’m here to document the souls I encounter, I’m here to make friends; that seems good enough reason to be here.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/2 . 1/32″ . ISO 3200
Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/5.6 . 1/568″ . ISO 1600

 

Do you feel that the fixed focal length (equiv. 35mm) becomes somewhat limiting? Or, on the other hand, can it be quite liberating to have one less variable, so that you can concentrate on the subjects in front of you?
The fixed focal length is perfect, it has trained me to get much nearer to my subject which is good to practice.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/2 . 1/64″ . ISO 320
Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/4.5 . 1/2000″ . ISO 400

 

In addition to travel photography, is there any other genre in which you are developing a project?
I shoot street photography here and there. I’m trying to get a documentary project going but it’s taking me a while as it’s new territory, I’ll get there.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/2 . 1/2000″ . ISO 800
Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/2 . 1/40″ . ISO 3200

 

Which came first, the passion for travel or photography? And now, do you travel to photograph, or do you photograph what you see in your travels?
The travel came first, very early on. I still travel to explore but I have this extra thing I can can do now and it has become a great way to interact with others.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/6.4 . 1/2000″ . ISO 800
Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/5.6 . 1/425″ . ISO 800

 

In your opinion, the X100 series (S, T, F) can establish the perfect balance between portability and quality, making it ideal for the traveler?
Yes, it’s the perfect travel companion. Just the right size, lightweight, easy to use, the quality of images is fantastic.

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/8 . 1/850″ . ISO 100
Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/5.6 . 1/500″ . ISO 200

Fuji X100S . 23mm . f/3.2 . 1/2000″ . ISO 200

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