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I've had this photo for quite some time, often feeling reluctant to post it, feeling in some way that I as the photographer was benefitting from this one mans misfortune.

However, today I saw a wonderful picture here of the karst mountains along the Li River in South West China which sent me down memory lane.

Having spent 7 months in the beautiful town of Yangshou in the past year, I've never in all of my travels been so homesick for one particular place. It inspired me, moved me, tocuhed me, frustrated me and held me in a very special way.

This picture is just one of the many aspects and faces of China. Along with elegance, composure, a deep sense of history and respect, there is also the harsh reality of poverty and brutality as seen from from a Western cultural perspective.

I hope this one face of China speaks to you in some way, as it did to me. - Jonathan

Camera:Canon 400D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:A Face of China
Username:jonathanbp jonathanbp
Uploaded:4 Nov 2008 - 12:11 AM
Tags:Beggar, Black & white, China, Faces, Mono, People, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Poverty
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CherryMartin
4 Nov 2008 - 5:57 AM

what a shot, it says so much, makes you stop and thank your lucky stars. Great capture.

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challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 6:56 AM

Superb mono.

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
4 Nov 2008 - 8:57 AM

Excellent candid, very thought-provoking

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Fearniespurs
4 Nov 2008 - 10:10 AM

Brilliant capture the picture says so much be interesting to see more of your faces of China work, Lee

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Grifoto
Grifoto  6 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 - 11:57 AM

Marvellous image.....congrats.

HoPeY

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 12:00 PM

Grand shot.

Rock

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microchip
microchip  7 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 - 1:37 PM

A superb candid and a wonderful capture, One has to see this first hand to be close to understanding, I hope to see more of these Jonathan,
Cheers
Alan

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 3:50 PM


Quote: What a shot, it says so much, makes you stop and thank your lucky stars. Great capture.

nicely done

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 5:14 PM

I love candid shots and this is a cracker - works well in b & w and has good tones

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jonathanbp e2 Member 699 forum postsjonathanbp vcard India
4 Nov 2008 - 5:19 PM

Thanks everyone, I'm really glad I posted it now. Took me a while to make that decision. All of your positive comments and votes are a real encouragement for a beginner like myself who has only recently discovered a love for photography in the past few months. One of my travelling companions in China bought me my Canon as a present, I nearly fell over backwards! However, he did admit to being fed up of me borrowing his Smile - Jonathan

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churchill123
4 Nov 2008 - 6:04 PM

1st Class mono Jonathan.
Linda

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videotec  6 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 - 7:24 PM

WOW !cracking Mono--Love it
Pete

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roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 7:39 PM

A beautiful shot with a story Jonathan, super expression and composition, it works really well in mono.
Alex

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goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Nov 2008 - 9:35 PM

Great candid....Bill

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OMG
OMG  651 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 12:31 AM

The others have said it all Jonathan. It is a beautifully composed shot that tells the story superbly.
I would also like to see more of your China shots.
Rgds Derek

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HectorRivera
5 Nov 2008 - 1:41 AM

Great candid shot

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photophantom
5 Nov 2008 - 2:18 AM


Quote: Great candid shot

I agree

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