By Matthew J. Sanchez

Matthew J. Sanchez, 32, world traveler, foodie, beer lover and photojournalist currently freelancing for a newspaper in Weatherford, Texas, USA. 

“New places, new faces, new adventures. Traveling keeps people on their toes. The mind has a tendency to lean toward  complacency, often resorting to the simplest manner of thinking in order to achieve that. As a result, we risk the danger of relying on stereotypes and blanket generalizations which we apply to other cultures as a way of trying to understand them. Travel takes you out of your comfort zone and puts you in situations where you’re forced to adapt to other customs and habits and as a result, a greater understanding of other cultures is often a result. Putting yourself in other cultures also introduces you to other languages, foods and sensations which do their part to make your life that much richer.
I love photographing people. I love landscapes and wildlife photography but I have a  particular interest in candid shots of people in their day to day lives. It gives a more honest look at the human race”

 

A yak carrying supplies and gear to be used for NBC News Peacock productions' filming of basejumper Joby Ogwyn's jump from Mt. Everest. Just days after this photo was taken, an avalanche in the Khumbu icefall claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas working in the icefall. The 2014 climbing season was called off and Ogwyn's jump was canceled. The jump was to be televised on the Discovery Channel.
A yak carrying supplies and gear to be used for NBC News Peacock productions’ filming of basejumper Joby Ogwyn’s jump from Mt. Everest. Just days after this photo was taken, an avalanche in the Khumbu icefall claimed the lives of 16 Sherpas working in the icefall. The 2014 climbing season was called off and Ogwyn’s jump was canceled. The jump was to be televised on the Discovery Channel.
This photo was taken just outside of Hpa-an, Myanmar. Across the river shooting into the sky is Mt. Zwekabin. Such rugged, mountainous scenery perfectly demonstrates the overall geography of southeastern Myanmar.
This photo was taken just outside of Hpa-an, Myanmar. Across the river shooting into the sky is Mt. Zwekabin. Such rugged, mountainous scenery perfectly demonstrates the overall geography of southeastern Myanmar.
A street scene taken in Kolkata, India. I chose this photo because it characterizes Kolkata with its signature yellow taxis and man-powered rickshaws which are ubiquitous around the city; though increasingly rare around the country.
A street scene taken in Kolkata, India. I chose this photo because it characterizes Kolkata with its signature yellow taxis and man-powered rickshaws which are ubiquitous around the city; though increasingly rare around the country.
Another shot taken in Myanmar. Myanmar reportedly has more monks than any other place on other. After my visit, I believed it. This shot is of a young monk lost in thought standing next to other children playing a game of soccer (football). In the background are the ancient ruins of Bagan which are set to give the ruins of Ankor Wat a run for their money as this formerly xenophobic country increasingly opens its doors to tourism.
Another shot taken in Myanmar. Myanmar reportedly has more monks than any other place on other. After my visit, I believed it. This shot is of a young monk lost in thought standing next to other children playing a game of soccer (football). In the background are the ancient ruins of Bagan which are set to give the ruins of Ankor Wat a run for their money as this formerly xenophobic country increasingly opens its doors to tourism.
This shot was taken in Myanmar and perfectly demonstrates the excitement children feel for some of the simplest things; in this case a doll.
This shot was taken in Myanmar and perfectly demonstrates the excitement children feel for some of the simplest things; in this case a doll.

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@wild_wonderment

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