吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Posts Tagged ‘Street food’
Creep Photography?
Creep Photography?

There’s probably a very fine line between street photography and creep photography.

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.

Stop – Thief!
Stop - Thief!

I’ve decided that being a street photographer is like being a thief. Most of my subjects don’t realize I’m taking their photograph, and before they know it – I’ve stolen a moment of their life. Approximately 1/200th of a second of their life is captured on a sensor about the size of my thumb.

Selling Stuff in China
Selling Stuff in China

While wandering around the Sunday morning market I realized a couple things…

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?

The OTHER red meat…
The OTHER red meat...

I’m a pretty adventurous eater, but I have my boundaries. Last night I challenged my boundaries and tested one of China’s seasonal delicacies – dog.

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.

Sunday In Qingxi
Sunday In Qingxi

I think I’ve photographed everyone in Qingxi now. Twice.

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.

Qingxi Night BBQ & Market
Qingxi Night BBQ & Market

One of my favorite places on the planet.  Lots of amazing street food + beer + fun people (often random new friends).  The smells are incredible (good).                                        

Streets of Qingxi
Streets of Qingxi

Random street photos from Qingxi, China. This is my “home-away-from-home”.

Night BBQ
Night BBQ

This is another place in China I love, the night BBQ. It’s just down the street from our factory and next to my favorite alfresco restaurant. It’s a smorgasbord of inexpensive treats-on-a-stick that are barbecued right in front of you. The smoke and smells are part of the experience, but unfortunately they aren’t captured in photographs.

China Village Night Life – 11.15.11
China Village Night Life - 11.15.11

Another night of prowling the village for some interesting shots. I used a fast F1.8 lens + high ISO to turn night into day.

Nighttime Street Food
Nighttime Street Food

I love street food. Especially at night. I enjoy supporting the local entrepreneurs. I guess I’m a nocturnal locavore.
Eating street food in China is like bungee jumping, every once in a while there’s a small risk of death.

Village Kids
Village Kids

Photos of the kids that I see around the village and in my travels to other factories.

Village Nightlife
Village Nightlife

I went prowling around the village last night with a fast 35mm f1.8 lens to test the low light capabilities of the D3100. Not bad. Some of these shots look like they were taken in the middle of the day because of the amount of lighting in the village and the fast lens.

Uighur Family Portrait
Uighur Family Portrait

Today while eating lunch, the wife of the restaurant owner (not an English speaker) used “charades” to ask me if I would photograph her daughter. Of course this was a great honor for me, so I came back with my camera gear and started shooting away.

Things-on-a-Stick
Things-on-a-Stick

These two happy guys are selling stuff on a stick. It’s actually a traditional Chinese candy called “iced sweet gourd” because the shape is like gourds strung together.

Sugar Cane Cart
Sugar Cane Cart

One of the popular “sidewalk snacks” in China is raw sugar cane. It’s sold by street vendors and the outer layer is husked after you buy it. Customers chew off chunks and suck the sugar from the cane – then spit the rest out on the sidewalk.

At the meat shop
At the meat shop

Shopping with Mom, the pig tails were great. She’s standing on the back of Mom’s bike while Mom is texting. At least she stopped riding the bike…

Selling Tea
Selling Tea

A shop keeper selling brewed tea on the sidewalk outside her shop.

Noodle Shop
Noodle Shop

I LOVE this place. A bowl of soup and a huge bowl of noodles for US$1.50. There are only 6 tables inside the restaurant, but we usually hold out for the “alfresco table” out on the sidewalk. It’s just like sitting in a small cafe in Paris – but with tractor trailer trucks rumbling by.