After having recently completed a nearly 3 week photo junket in southwest China, I came away (as always) learning much to refine future visits with western tastes in mind from a photographic sense. Yes, there are differences – very different. The idea of what’s photographically appealing is likely a cultural issue rather than an esthetic one. If you ever want to know these details, which I can’t get into in this post, hit me up and I’ll gladly pour over them while sipping tea or coffee.
In case you’re thinking … well, that’s just not fair! I wanna’ know right now! How ’bout I show you what I captured from this one location, which for some, may give rise to more questions than answers.
The location, in particular, is a wondrous place somewhere between Shanghai and Hong Kong along the coast of the South China Sea called Xiapu. In the last 10 years of so, it’s been a featured location in Asian National Geographic and ever since has been a mecca for Chinese with cameras. It is little known elsewhere in the world as a photographically appealing destination for some reason I cannot explain.
Xiapu is a 3rd-tier type of city with one industry. Seaweed. It accounts for the lion’s share of this rich green crop for China and beyond. It’s full of detail, abstracts, impressionistic and idyllic photographic opportunities, but it comes with a price … Ready? Here it is …
You may be asking yourself … what’s wrong with this images? Why wouldn’t I want to capture these for myself? The short answer is, there’s much more to any photograph than the image itself. What is this you may ask? How about considering attending one of my upcoming photo workshops to magical places that are designed to inspire your mind, heart and spirit to see more of this wondrous world in which we live in.
Whether it’s you or someone you may know who wants to see a different part of the world through fresh eyes, wide open, leave me a message, email and hit this website to see what’s next this year!
I’ll see you on the other side of the world on our next adventure together!