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…
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.
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…
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.
One thing that I find fascinating with religion in Asia is how much a part of everyday life it is. People will stop by on their way home for a quick prayer. In Europe, it’s so much more ceremonial and occasional. Anyway, it was interesting to capture how small one feels when standing in front of the huge lantern at Sensoji.