At this point of my cultural tour, I was visiting Mingun to see the gigantic, unfinished stupa, the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, which was meant to be the largest in the world, but now lies ravaged by earthquakes on the western banks of the Irrawaddy. I was looking around for interesting faces to capture when this girl caught my eye. I was lucky to take a snapshot of her as she was looking my way.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | July 21
Award Score: 69 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 13)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Mingun, Myanmar
Photographer: Shirren Lim (Jakarta, Indonesia) Registered
Born in Penang Island, Malaysia, in 1970, Shirren would find herself moving cities over the course of her life. She is now based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shirren took up photography in 2009, as she thought it would be an interesting habit, later she discovered it as her true passion. Shirren loves portraitures best. To her, the expressions people wear are so beautiful, so telling, so uncovered in their sincerity. With her photo-taking, she tries and does justice to capture humanity in its many forms. Shirren’s work has been described as intense and earthy with her simple composition cutting to the heart of the subject matter. As a child, she had flipped through many of her father’s National Geographic magazines, but it was Steve McCurry’s 1984 “Afghan Girl” that she recall two decades later. That is what she wants to do with her life. She believes, someday, she can able to capture that one moment that could change the world. Her work has appeared in several web and printed magazines.