I have a particular fondness for the straw brooms used here in China. I don’t quite know why, but it brings me back to an older time, maybe…
*Working the Iron*
One of the fascinating things you still see in China is all these little neighborhood jobs that have disappeared in the west. Best of all, due to the ambient heat, they’re all set up outside, on the sidewalk. A boon for photographers!
*Double Asian Crouch*
I’ve spoken about the Asian crouch already, this particular posture that you see everywhere in Asia. But I don’t think I had shot a double Asian crouch until that week-end in Guangzhou !
One of the things that strikes you the minute you start walking the streets of China is how people (mostly men, it must be said) can be found asleep absolutely anywhere. In Europe, you’d think this was the photo of a homeless man. In China, this is just the photo of a man.
*Buddha and Acolytes*
Guangxiao temple in Guangzhou is quite spectacular even if the outside buildings are nothing to write home about (especially when wrapped in scaffolding). But the brass statues (at least I’m assuming it’s brass) are quite spectacular, as this trio showcases.
It’s not the first time I see people in China writing down characters on the pavement. I’m assuming this are religious texts, but in fact I don’t know for sure, since I can’t read Chinese. In any case, it makes for an interesting, dynamic shot, I think.
You see a lot of such handcarts in Hong Kong, but even more in Guangzhou where a lot of garbage collection is still very manual. I’m always on the lookout for these, and the added bonus here is that the woman saw me, and probably wondered why the hell I found this interesting enough to photograph. The title is a little ironic by the way, recycling is not very high on the agenda in this part of the world…
Just as I was walking past this iron curtain in a narrow, grimy street in Guangzhou, this women emerges… with the door frame in her hands. I snapped, and (for once) got a good shot out of it. I really like the reality warping side of it which makes your brain go « whaaaaat? »
The most famous Canton Lights are of course those of the Canton Tower at night, but my 2 1/2 weekend there didn’t give me an opportunity to be at the right place and the right time to capture that. Instead I roamed the streets by day and by dusk and captured different kinds of night lights. Love the neon vibe here.
Another shot from Bordeaux’ Cimetière de la Chartreuse. These two stark parallel crosses appealed to me.