Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 200
The second ethnic minority in the Longsheng area, after the Zhuang, is the Yao minority. The Yao women have a complex and intricate relationship to their hair. They only cut their hair three times in their lives: when they turn 18, when they are wedded and when they are 36. The keep the braids they cut and integrate then into their daily bun. How much hair is apparent also says something about marital status and the number of children. When we met this Yao grandmother, she agreed to show us how she does her hair, and it was quite fascinating.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 400
Ethnic minorities are a big thing in China even though they only represent 8% of the overall population. During our trip in Guangxi, we encountered members of two ethnic minorities that coexist there, the Zhuang and the Yao. We didn’t see any men wearing traditional costumes, but the women did. Along the path to Ping’An (about two hours walk in the mountains) we saw many food sellers like this Zhuang woman. She sells (from left to right) dried bamboo, chilies, mushrooms (also in plastic bags), eggs and passion fruit. The passion fruit grow in the mountains, and in this season they are fresh and unbelievably good.
Sneaking by the Side Door
Canon 7D, 35mm, f/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 100
I’ve been to India three times, but two of these were so brief that I had no time for photos. The first time though, I’d taken a day off and convinced a very friendly tuk-tuk driver (Surinder) to show me the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, the biggest Sikh place of worship in New Delhi. After the visit, I was impressed by this magnificent silver door, but just as I was putting the camera up to shoot, this man came in and sneaked by.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 400
Over the years I have repeatedly tried to do panned shots, with a relative lack of success. But sometimes, just sometimes, it works as intended. This was shot by a big artery in Bangkok one early evening, simply as an expertiment.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 200
A good friend commented on yesterday’s shot that the colors reminded her of Cuba. Clearly the body types are different, but I think this shot proves her right. Maybe all the run down places with once-white walls in the world look like Cuba?
A Short Break
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 500
When shooting street I mostly try to shoot parrallel to the buildings. It’s an efficiency thing, you get better shots that way, but you miss a lot of opportunities as well. In this instance, of course, I would have gotten nothing, so I shot at an angle, and it worked!
Exiting the Store
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 250
Another one shot by the side of the bus. The biggest challenge when you do that is that you need really high speeds to avoid motion blur, and therefore are wholly dependant on AF speed. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I like how here the man exiting the shadows is captured by chance.
Fuji x100s, 45mm, f/2, 1/1600s, ISO 320
While circling Jakarta we got a little lost, and hopped on a taxibus kind of thing. The problem was we didn’t know where it was going and the driver didn’t understand where we wanted to go. But I got to shoot a lot of street characters from the back window while driving through the traffic. Like this fruit seller. Doesn’t this just make you want to eat what he’s selling ?
The Seller of Blades
Fuji X100, 35mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
One of the delights of street photographies in remote countries is that you stumble upon so many activities that we no longer see (or never existed) in the west. In Jakarta I had great fun shooting lots of people in the streets, especially since there’s no reluctance to be photographed there. But the best was undeniably this itinerant knife, scissors and assorted blades seller with a contraption at the front of his bike to display his wares.
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Fuji TX2, 45mm, F/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 100
Film: Fuji Velvia 100
Most of my street photography these days is done in locations that most Europeans consider « exotic », so it was fun to walk the streets of Geneva and shoot what most Asian tourists would probably consider quaint. This barrel organ player, complete with hat and beard certainly fit the bill! It was my first ever roll of Velvia, and I loved the colors. I’ll be shooting more slide from now on.