吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Street Photos – Qingxi

Photographers are notorious for being poor judges of their own work.  Selecting good from bad can be torture.  What constitutes a good image is different for different people.  Often photographers get caught up in the emotion of taking a particular photo and that masks the true caliber of the image.  Sometimes I take a photo and I’m positive it’s a keeper, so when I process it later I naturally fall in love with it – even though it may only be marginal.  The most difficult task in any art form is to be truly critical of your own work.

I have a list of questions I ask myself when I edit my photos, including:

  • - Would this photo be interesting to most viewers?
  • - Does it document an anomaly or cultural artifact?
  • - Does it tell a story and/or evoke an emotion?
  • - Are there colors or interesting graphic forms that make it unique?
  • - Does it have a timeless quality?
  • - Is it edgy?  (If it’s not then it must be documentary photography.  Right?)
  • - Is it just a snapshot, or is it something special?
  • - and one more – do I really like this one and screw the rest of the world?  Oh wait…

After using these “editing filters” I’m typically left with about 10% of the photos I’ve shot.    I took 250 photos today and below are the resulting 26 images, so apparently I had a good day.  This is a collection of photos from Qingxi that I believe have passed all of these tests.  Of course some lesser photos may have slipped through the cracks because like most photographers, I’m an awful editor of my own work.

 

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Umbrella Boy

 

Umbrella Boy II

 

Fruit Shopper

 

Mother Son Cyclists

 

Drapery Guy

 

Ladies Selling Giblets

 

Meat Man and Son

 

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One Response to Street Photos – Qingxi

  1. Patrick Kessenich says:

    Great pictures Jim as usual.

    Pat

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