吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Nature
Zhapo 7.16
Zhapo 7.16

We ditched-out of Yangjiang for an afternoon in Zhapo on the South China Sea. A day at the beach is very different in China compared to the US.

Lijiang 7.15
Lijiang 7.15

I’ve been mentally searching for a western city I’ve visited before that is similar to Lijiang. The only place I can think of is Venice, Italy.

Organic Farming in China 4.15
Organic Farming in China 4.15

Today I visited an organic farm near Yangjiang with some factory friends. We were treated to a VIP lunch and tour because a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend-knew-a-guy…

Hong Kong Streets
Hong Kong Streets

I was able to get in a few hours of photos in Hong Kong (Kowloon) before heading to the airport to fly home. It was a gorgeous afternoon and I ran around like a crazy man getting shots in the narrow streets of Tsim Sha Tsui.

Black & White
Black & White

People often wonder why a photographer would eliminate color from a photograph. I make the decision to go monochrome if I feel the composition would be improved because the colors in a photo were no longer diverting the viewer’s eye around the photograph. When the image loses the dimension of color it simplifies the composition to a more graphic form.

Umbrellas in Trees
Umbrellas in Trees

I don’t know why there are red umbrellas hanging in the trees, but it certainly looks cool.

Kite Hippodrome
Kite Hippodrome

I stumbled on Yangjiang’s “Kite Hippodrome” while roaming the city on a Sunday morning. It’s actually a field flanked by inlets of a small lake. That makes it a great place to fly kites, but then I noticed that someone decided to plant trees in the field. It won’t be such a good place to fly kites pretty soon.

Ancient Stone Village
Ancient Stone Village

I had to kill a day between meetings so a group of us went to a couple tourist spots near Ninghai. One of them was an “ancient stone village” that was about 700 years old. It was an actual living village and not a museum.

Zhujiajiao
Zhujiajiao

I went to Zhujiajiao today. It’s a water town on the outskirts of Shanghai that was established about 1,700 years ago. It’s a tourist village these days, full of restaurants & shops. It was nice to escape the big city…

Urban Micro-Farming
Urban Micro-Farming

Farming in China is like the period after the US civil war, when the excess labor pool created by emancipation proclamation resulted in each ex-slave getting a mule and 40 acres to farm. The only difference is Chinese farmers don’t get the mule (and fewer acres).

Tibet | Mt. Everest
Tibet  |  Mt. Everest

What a trip. Literally and figuratively. No altitude sickness thanks to “better living through chemistry” (Diamox pills). It took about 2 days to travel from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (EBC).  The road was not straight.  Not even close.  We slept in a Yak hair tent, which was surprisingly warm.  It’s insulation was really tested […]

Tibet | Daily Life
Tibet | Daily Life

I once read that “you can accidentally drop a point-and-shoot camera in Tibet and it will take an award winning photo”. We found some interesting subjects just walking & driving around the countryside.

Tibet | Traveling
Tibet | Traveling

I kept telling my son Colin, this was “an adventure and not a vacation”. It definitely lived up to it’s billing.

Tibet | Shadows & Reflections
Tibet | Shadows & Reflections

The light in Tibet is amazing. It’s VERY bright and casts deep shadows.

Sunday Afternoon in the Park
Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Chill-axing in Kowloon Park (Hong Kong) on a hot Sunday afternoon. Everyone was moving slowly – including the turtles.

Beijing – Nature
Beijing - Nature

I’m not much of a nature photographer. I prefer people & places more than flowers and birds, but there were a few good nature shots from Beijing that came out nice.