吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

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Qingxi – Blasting a Flash at Night
Qingxi - Blasting a Flash at Night

I tried a new twist on street photography and went out at night using a flash. Usually I’m less-than-obvious when I take photos out on the streets, but last night I turned on the flash and blasted people. It’s a little riskier than shooting from the hip, but I didn’t have any problems. The lighting effect is pretty stark and gritty.

Old Village Near Yangjiang
Old Village Near Yangjiang

So, we went to an “old village” near Yangjiang yesterday. When someone tells you that you’re going to an “old village” in China it can mean several things. It could be a top-of-the-line preserved tourist village complete with gift shops – or – it could be an old village where people live. Yesterday’s village was the later, which I enjoyed.

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.

Yangjiang Streets V2
Yangjiang Streets V2

I’m back for my second tour of Yangjiang on this trip and the weather improved a lot. There are actually shadows in these photos!

Qingxi Streets
Qingxi Streets

Yet another weekend layover in Qingxi gave me some time at the central market for street photos. A very photogenic place if you can handle the smells.

Yangjiang Streets V1
Yangjiang Streets V1

I’m making two passes through Yangjiang on this trip. These are photos from pass number one.

On the streets
On the streets

This hasn’t been a great trip for street photos because of the weather and a busy schedule. I got out for a few hours in Yangjiang to take these shots.

Faces & Places in China – The Video
Faces & Places in China - The Video

I’ve compiled the “Greatest Hits of 2013” into a five minute video along with some pithy commentary.

Yangjiang Street Photos
Yangjiang Street Photos

Everytime I come to Yangjiang I take a very long walk through the city. The same path each time. Each time I see totally different sites and people. It’s never the same twice.

Another Hong Kong Jet Lag Photo Walk
Another Hong Kong Jet Lag Photo Walk

I’ll have to admit – I don’t remember taking these photos. I landed at HKG at 10PM. Got to my hotel in Kowloon at midnight. Slept for about 4 hours, then woke up and walked down to the harbor to take some early morning photos.

Street Photos – Qingxi
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.

Hong Kong at 5AM
Hong Kong at 5AM

Jet lag can be a wonderful thing if your plan is to get some VERY early pre-sunrise street photos. It was a steamy morning wandering around the edge of the harbor observing and photographing the world waking up (and sleeping).

Hazy Hong Kong
Hazy Hong Kong

Holy crap, there was a ton of smog on this trip. There was a dense cloud hanging over my stops in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. While I was in China the pollution in Beijing was off the charts.

Yangjiang Kite Festival – People
Yangjiang Kite Festival - People

I estimate there were probably 5,000 people at the annual Yangjiang Kite Festival and after walking around the place for three hours I concluded I was the only non-Chinese person there. This made me a bit of a freak that earned me a 10 minute photo session with half of the Chinese school girls attending.

Temple Parade
Temple Parade

Sometimes you have to go out and find great shots and sometimes the great shots find you. We were driving back to a factory after lunch and a few blocks from our destination we got jammed-up by a parade on the way to the village temple.

Art in the Chaos
Art in the Chaos

Street photography is like a scavenger hunt. Sometimes you’re rewarded with the gift of an amazing image. A small slice of the temporal continuum is captured by a few million pixels. Someone’s ordinary life frozen in time for others to see. They may not consider that particular moment precious, but when removed from the context of their everyday existence it can become special. Perhaps art?

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…

Shanghai I
Shanghai I

Shanghai is huge. REALLY huge (23 million people). It’s ten times the size of Chicago. And this week is was hot. REALLY hot. There were lots of umbrellas on the streets to make-your-own-shade.

Market Sights
Market Sights

Sights from a couple market places in China (Qingxi + Yangjiang). I love to photograph these places. Lots of interesting sensory inputs: sights, sounds, smells, people, activities.

Sunday in the Park
Sunday in the Park

While I was waiting for a late afternoon meeting with a factory representative I decided to kill some time at a local park in ChangAn. I sat at various benches for about 3 hours taking photos and meeting people.

Tibet | Faces
Tibet | Faces

The faces of the Tibetan people are distinctive, beautiful, and often telegraph the hardships they’ve endured.

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 – The Forbidden City
Beijing - The Forbidden City

An amazing place. Words can’t describe it – so I took photos.