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When I’m in Saudi on a Friday, my father will always have us join him to the Friday prayer at the mosque. He’ll ask us to listen to the lecture, and then debate at home and see if we can apply anything we’ve learned. Since we were schooled in England, we went to a catholic school. Always attending the Christian ceremonies. As the rest of the Muslim parents opted their children to stay out of the RE classes, my father would say: “listen to what others say, you’ll learn a great deal about life and how we’re all the same. Different gods, different history even, but same path” Not many women attend the Friday prayer, so usually the room upstairs for the women is empty. @tasneemalsultan for @burndiary


Hi! This is Tasneem! @tasneemalsultan I’m a Saudi/American photographer shooting mostly weddings in the Middle East and anywhere I get to travel to. Very happy to have the opportunity to share my life on Burn Dairy for a week. Super nervous too! This is my father drinking his tea, in Saudi, as he usually does every evening. He’ll be watching at least an hour of the news alone, then read the newspapers for another hour before heading to sleep.


My last post as Burn Diary contributor, and I’m taking a wee bit liberty with this one. It’s a recent scan of a picture I made for my ongoing personal series, Komorebi. This week has been great, and I’d like to thank @kayaleeberne, @diegorlando, and @davidalanharvey for the opportunities, help and generosity. Thank you, Instagramers, for your views and kind words. And a special thank you to dear Uncle Sohrab, for his continual kindness and friendship, for which I’m ever grateful. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

A gloomy day

Today’s been a gloomy day in Shanghai. Now, finally, nightfall. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

Fuxing Park

On a mild day like today, locals enjoy outdoor activities and soaking up the winter sun at Fuxing Park. The park was designed by the French in the early 20th century. It’s also one of my preferred parks around Shanghai’s French Concession. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

Christmas party

Last night, I went to a Christmas party where I met Mama G, (@Gillian.aka.mamag). She had a wonderful presence, beautiful hot pink hair, and an interesting life, so I decided to make a portrait. Mama G ran away from home in Kuala Lumpur to New York City in the 80s, held 3 jobs at once to sustain herself, and eventually worked her way up in the fashion industry. She’s now very successful, and is based between Kuala Lumper, New York, and Guangzhou. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

mike young – beer, bait & ammo

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Michael Loyd Young

Beer, Bait & Ammo

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A SOUTHERNER…by definition is an American who lives in the south…It’s more than that…from Texas to the Carolina’s the south is a way of life. Considered Rednecks, Bubbas and Good Old Boys they live by an unwritten code.
If you kill it you grill it, if you catch it you fry it, if you meet someone in a bar you buy them a beer. An outsider is not a stranger, he’s your neighbor.
Music still comes out of jukeboxes in the Ice houses and honky tonks. Bait shops that sell everything from beer to pickled eggs dot the landscape from one end to the other. Motor Courts and RV Parks welcome travelers who venture away from the franchised interstates. Two lane black top roads stretch across the south connecting the small towns main streets where Family owned diners serve home cooked meal with a smile.
American flags are proudly displayed on store fronts and school yards. Freedom has a special meaning and change doesn’t come easy. Most are desperately holding on to their past..this is the South…my backyard.

-Michael Loyd Young-


Commentary by Diego Orlando Photo Editor BurnMagazine

“A Southerner in the South taking pictures of the South. This how I see Mike’s book and this is has been my first impression when I had the chance to see the journey at its earlier stage.  Mike’s five year journey took him from the tip of Texas to the Florida Everglades. For me – as European – has been a surprise. Stereotypes are among the most used key to pretend to understand the reality we do not know – and I was not an exception. So being dragged with pictures into a lifestyle so faraway from my own world, made me curious. And I started to look beside the images.. what emerges is a culture explored with no judgment, without overwriting it, without filters. Way more than a diary of a journey. No, a real exploration done by one of the subjects photographed there.. That’s why this book is so authentic: Mike is the photographer, but he could be one of the subjects, it could be one of the fishermen or one of the hunters on the frames easy to find in many of the bars there. Tones and lights, composition and places.. everything contributes to picture the South in a way I have never seen before.”  Diego Orlando – BB&A Curator


see  the interview  between David Alan Harvey & Michael Loyd Young about BB&A







Michael Loyd Young is a photographer based in Texas, travelling from there all around the world. His main work focuses on exploring the Southern part of the U.S. through the daily life of people.

BLUES, BOOZE & BBQ, published by Powerhouse Books. B,B, & BBQ won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for photography.

CHANGES IN LATITUDE, published by Burn Books, was released in June 2012.

BEER, BAIT & AMMO release date March 2014 published by Burn Books. BB&A documents the southern half of the United States, or the “South”. A world of its own where change comes slow and the right to live the way you choose is a way of life.

Recent exhibits include Photo Week Washington, DC — Houston Photo Fest — Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn –Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale — Rouen, France — Lille, France — Vannes Jazz Festival, France — Rennes, France — Sydney, Australia

Michael lives in Texas.


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Early morning


I’m up, far too early for a Saturday, on my way back to Shanghai. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

My grandfather

I went back to my aunt and grandfather’s today to run a few errands, so took some more pictures there. Before his dementia set in, my aunt and mother would take my grandfather out for walks or meals when the weather was nice. However, now because of both his illness and the onset of the harsh Beijing winter, he cannot leave the apartment anymore. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

Winter’s grip

Since I’ve been back, Beijing has also slipped into winter’s grip… @zhaosheila for @burndiary

sheila zhao – komorebi

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Sheila Zhao


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To be completely honest, I don’t believe that I lead a life particularly out of the ordinary. Most days are a series of self-prescribed routines and social interactions with a self-prescribed group of people that passes peacefully and quietly. I recognize that I have been bestowed many blessings in my life, of course, and have the privilege of calling many wonderful people my friend, both of which I’m tremendously grateful for. However, I am also aware that day-to-day or month-to-month, there are not many happenings or stories that I can tell which are of marked interest to anyone other than those who know me. I think it is because of that, consciously or subconsciously, life’s smaller moments have always interested me more. The French author, Georges Bernanos, was quoted to have said: “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.”

Komorebi is a personal series that I have been photographing since 2011, exploring these small moments of life, which are continuously at play around us. Seemingly mundane moments are for me tiny seconds-long scenes to be appreciated. They are seconds of mystery, longing, love, flight, humor, whimsy – they are the scenes of life. Komorebi is a Japanese word, which means sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. Like the soft patches of light that comes through the leaves above, this series is my own meditation and subsequent collection of the quieter moments of life that has made my otherwise ordinary life quite extraordinary.



Sheila Zhao is a photographer based in between Shanghai and Beijing, China. She has worked on documentary and reporting projects around Asia. Her work has appeared in publications such as BusinessWeek, GlobalPost, and Globe and Mail.


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Virgencita de Guadalupe

According to the tradition, the “Patroness of Mexico” appeared four times to the Indian Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac. The last of these miraculous encounters took place on December 12, 1531. I had to leave this urban “mexicuban” diary with la Virgencita de Guadalupe. I took this photo because the first time I met @davidalanharvey I was in Madrid, doing my Documentary Master at EFTI and he came to give us a workshop with other photographers like @diegorlando and @aliciavera; and I remember I was in the documentary workshop and all I could photograph was kinda minimalistic and conceptual projects (as they like to call it). So, after drinking a few beers and say good night to them, my roomie lend me a 50mm 2.5 and I started photographing of focus photos st night and that has shaped my work till now. So I drove 18km to take this shot today, kinda free, kinda melted of the Virgencita de Guadalupe and I promised to Diego I wasn’t going to post about political issues, but I would like to dedicate my last words, to the 43 murdered students of #Ayotzinapa and all the people around the world that has a missing “someone” because of a corrupt government. Thank you for all your LOVE and thanks again to David and Diego. @wondercuban for @burndiary project. NAMASTÉ.

Periferico ring

Tonight is a very cold night, my fingers were hurting as hell while I was here trying to capture some night mood. I always wanted to stop and take a picture here on the 2nd floor of Periférico ring, but you are not supposed to stop in the middle of a highway, so the hour and the project were the perfect excuses to at least try it without getting caught. @wondercuban for @burndiary. Buenas noches Mexico City!

Polanco Jazz Festival

Polanco Jazz Festival, México City right now. @wondercuban for @burndiary

Christmas Tree

I absolutetly love christmas. In Cuba, we use to celebrate christmas, but it wasn’t very common. In fact, my father who worked for the government his whole life, (as a part of the intelligence) was not very happy about it. We did not believe in Jesus, I’m not even baptised, but we (or I) believed in the spirit that christmas has to offer. I came to Mexico and we didn’t have a tree, I bought one and I’m the one at home who decorates with lights and warm things and I like to buy some little presents for everybody, even Botón. I hate the idea that we have to buy many things to be happy, it isn’t rich who has more, but who ned less. This season everybody is nicer, is more human, is like everybody believes in love again, in magic. I think that if we could unite for something else, not in a religious way, we have the power to change the world. Merry christmas for you all! @wondercuban for @burndiary. Mexico City, Mexico.

pierfrances cocelada – japan i wish i knew your name

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Pierfrancesco Celada

Japan I wish I knew your name

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During a brief visit to Japan I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. However, while observing people, it was clear that even locals were not able to interact successfully.

The Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Megalopolis, also called Taiheiyō Belt is a unique example of urban agglomeration with an estimated population of over 80 million people. Despite this incredibly high number of chances to interact, it seems that society is moving in the opposite direction. If, in small societies, people have more of an active social role, with multiple connections and greater effect on the community; in a larger society some people struggle to communicate, or tend to maintain close contact with only a small number of the closest friends or family members. Some people tend to privilege other communicative systems offered by modern media and tools; others have an even more extreme approach.

“Nobody is ‘together’ in his work.” Ueyama Kazuki

The purpose of this investigation was to create awareness and highlight the problems that modernization and the rapid changes in the environment create in our lives. Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Do we feel part of the environment? Are we alone in the crowd?

I am currently crowd-funding to produce the photobook Hitoride (Literally by Yourself; Alone) based on the project.



Pierfrancesco Celada (b.1979, Italy), after completing a PhD in Biomechanics is now concentrating his attention on a long-term project on life in Modern Megalopolis.In 2011 he won the Ideastap and MagnumPhoto Photographic Award and interned at Magnum Photo.  His work has been exhibited internationally and his projects published on Newsweek, Times Lightbox, Amica, D-LaRepubblica among others. He is currently working on the second chapter of Modern Megalopolis: “People Mountain People Sea” exploring life in Chinese Megacities.


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The graffiti community is growing very fast in Mexico City. The first time I came to Distrito Federal, around 15 years ago, the walls were covered with advertising and it wasn’t that easy to see awesome art on the streets, graffiti festivals or galleries showing that kind of work. Today, if you know who to talk and you are good, the city is your canvas. I dedicate this post to all graffiti artists that I admire and know, thank you for your LOVE!