Continue along the same line about something being “intrinsically” set with me creatively, this image is another proof (please see here for my other post). It was made a few years ago at the Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆), which was designed by the world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. I didn’t realize at the time that my love to observe movement of lines and contrasts was already there.
I’m sure all creatives can relate. As we progress artistically, our interests in visual cues and expression techniques change. However, it seems that something is “buried” so deep in me that it hasn’t left me these years; or is it something that represents the intrinsic “true me” that’s simply waiting for me to realize one day?
This image was made a few years ago in Pingjiang Road (平江路), Suzhou (苏州), China. Little did I know that my interest in observing and documenting the interaction among seniors, especially in their communal gatherings, has been “set in stone” from a long time ago. 🙂
Could it be the recession of sun from the horizon or the eventual reduced heat that makes me remember this image? It was made in the famous Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政园) in Suzhou (苏州), China. The dabbled light gives out a sense of mystery and romance, doesn’t it?
Remember the gentleman that lost track of time by the side of street in Carmel, California? Well, I have another version of it, in China.
In the days when I was growing up, we tended to refer to future as the 21th Century, as if it’s somewhere far far away. With a blink of eyes, we are already more than a decade into the so-referenced Century. A visit to Xingping (兴坪), an ancient town that’s close to Guilin(桂林), China, makes me realize, maybe, some people have never been “back to the future”.
In this little room, it’d be safe to say that everywhere your eyes land, you’d see an indication of time – three calendars and one clock. And yet, history seems to refuse to leave. I mean, if Mao Zedong (毛泽东) is still around, he’d been 121-years old.
You know I love doors. I am also full of curiosity. This image was made in a small port town (浪石) while rafting (it’s more like floating :-)) in Li River (漓江) near Guilin (桂林), China.
I’d attribute to everything I’ve achieved thus far to un-quenched curiosity. But, how much of it do you need to peek into someone’s door though? :p
Curiosity killed the cat? Nah…! Boredom would’ve killed it sooner. 🙂
You know how much I value the original flavors of a place when I travel, especially if it’s an ancient town like Huangyao (黄姚), Guilin in China. Add in the quietness and the rain in the morning; oh man, I’m absolutely in heaven.
I consider it a success when I’m able to make this image, when the actions are real and, AND (emphasis added), it was not ruined by my “assistente” (if you want to see what I mean by ruining my image of the original flavor, see this post about another ancient town Xitang (西塘), China :-)).
Do you like what I’ve done to bring back to you guys/gals?
I’m Going with the Flow (of the Lines and Shapes) in Longji, China, Again – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer
Can I say that I’m constantly morphing as a creative? As many have recognized my love of colors, I see in a different way in Longsheng (龙胜), China. Although there is colors, I wanted my images to accentuate the amazing movements of lines in the terrace rice field.
Oh, and I went a little over-board with “going with the flow” on this location. 🙂 To me, travel is as much about the personal interactions with the locals and visitors as with making beautiful and memorable images. Over here, as I was photographing the amazing sunset scene, my ears plucked up and heard something that allowed me to strike a conversation with a couple traveling from Germany. And we talked until the sun completely set and my hubby/assistante thought I was swallowed by mosquitoes. 🙂
When was the last time that you “went with the flow”? 😉
P.S. Did you see my other “Going with the Flow” image made in Longji, Guangxi, China? Click here, if you haven’t.
In Chinese, there is a phrase that describes someone as lacking perseverance – “三天打鱼，两天晒网”. Translated into English, it basically means someone spends one day fishing followed with two days to dry the net. You see, it’s known in the Chinese culture that working hard is a virtue and “slacking off” is frown upon. Since I’ve become cross-cultured over the years, my response to that is “why not”?
If my English is up-to-par, isn’t there a phrase “stop and smell the roses”? What’s wrong with drying the net while kicking up and enjoying a Corona when it’s OK to smell the roses? 😉 In my opinion, all work and no play is no life. Do you agree?
Due to the upcoming July 4th holiday, many of you will be having a 4-day long weekend for a 3-day work week. The Chinese in me mumbles “how dare you”! (Hahaha…) And “the other version of me” screams “have a great time drying your fish net”! 🙂
This image was made in the fishing village of Xingping (兴坪) by the side of Li River (漓江) on our recent trip to Guangxi (广西), China. I’m drawn to anything old, especially traditional crafts. So you know how I love the scene of a fisherman casting his net under the glowing sunset with the Karst landform in the background, which is characteristic of this region.
Have you heard of the story of the Mexican fisherman? In this story, an executive from America had a much grander plan for the fisherman. The problem is that according to the plan, the fisherman would find himself where he already was, after 15-20 years of “mad rat race” (my own opinion :-)). If you haven’t, you can read it here.
On my recent trip to Xingping (兴坪), China, a small fishing village near Yangshuo (阳朔), I met one fisherman. As tourism is quickly changing the world, such little gem tucked in a corner can not escape. Would people there have the wisdom to see what the Mexican fisherman saw?
It took me 16 years in “the America” to finally quit the rat race. Places as depicted in this image are still beautiful to me. Do people there see what I see? I mean, what kind of life would you choose – mad (rat race) vs. peaceful?
Yangshuo (阳朔) in China has long been on my list to travel to. There’s an ancient saying in Chinese that the landscape in Guilin (桂林) tops the world, and that of Yangshuo (阳朔) is the best in Guilin (桂林) (i.e., “桂林山水甲天下，阳朔山水甲桂林” in Chinese). Its rolling hills, especially hidden in a thin layer of mist, is mesmerizing to me.
You know I’m not an early riser. But my behavior changes when traveling. For one, I get up early to “beat the tourists” (see here as well). And when traveling to a place like Yangshuo (阳朔), it’s worth sacrificing every bit of comfort. In this case, it means rolling out of bed and climbing up the mountain in darkness, with heavy gear, to catch the first breath of the sun. And then wait to meet His Majesty.
For a short window of time, we were rewarded with this spectacular sun rise. Don’t you love the play of light and the shades of colors?
BTW, according to the locals, we were the lucky ones – it had been raining in previous days and will rain again the next day. So to see the sun, in these dreamy clouds, is photographer’s-dream-come-true. Of course, someone once said that the mighty power up there likes good people. 🙂
P.S. It goes without saying that you can contact me if you’d like this beautiful piece of art to be decorating your living room, dining room, or bedroom. 🙂