Women in Photography 2017: Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase Slideshow Projection
I Wish You Were There | Shwe Wutt Mon

I used to be a very active, ambitious, outstanding and sociable person. Three years ago, I fell in love with a guy, who is also a photographer. Even before our relationship, we both knew that our story would not be an easy one. But I was very much into him. We were very often on the road together shooting. I never missed an opportunity to photograph him in every place we went together. And I always created an album named “I wish you were there” whenever I had to travel without him. He would intentionally ask whom do I mean by that. And I would wickedly smiled and replied why didn’t he know it was him.

I thought then that we share the same dreams, energy and burning desires. I was also very certain that our relationship would somehow continue in some form or another into the future. However, finally, I learned that it was all my delusion.

Since our separation, I struggled to be able to function well and be productive. Photography was the most difficult part. I had so lost my way that sometimes I could not even touch my camera for months. I wonder how other people lived through pain and passed through their broken-heart journeys.

Over time, the more I grappled with pain, the more clearly I realised that I could use my camera as a mirror and a way to reflect my survival during my loneliest travels.

About Shwe Wutt Hmon
Shwe Wutt Hmon is a freelance photographer, based in Yangon, Myanmar, for three years. Shwe specialises in documentary photography. She also does street and fine art photography. Her professional background is a development worker who has been working in non-government organisations for nine years.

Shwe Wutt Hmon is now working on two projects; The Sunset Time, a story about her 80-year-old grandparents, one of whom is blind and the other is ill, and a photo story about the life of aging sex workers in Myanmar.

Shwe is also a member of the Women Photographer’s Club (Myanmar).


Women in Film & Photography Showcase Programme
:: Women in Photography Exhibition: 13 Oct to 19 Nov
:: Guided photographer & curator tour: 13 Oct, Fri, 230pm to 330pm

:: Panel Discussion – Woman Photographer: 13 Oct, Fri, 730pm to 9pm
:: Artist talks: 14 Oct, Sat, 2pm to 430pm
:: Slideshow Projection featuring Asian Women Photographers’ Showcase: 15 Nov, Wed, 730pm to 830pm
:: Women in Film 2017 (19 to 28 Oct)