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A Face of China

By jonathanbp
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

Tags: Mono Photo journalism Poverty Faces People China Black and white Beggar Portraits and people

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

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4 Nov 2008 6:56AM
Superb mono.
AlanBW Plus
11 20 England
4 Nov 2008 8:57AM
Excellent candid, very thought-provoking
4 Nov 2008 10:10AM
Brilliant capture the picture says so much be interesting to see more of your faces of China work, Lee
4 Nov 2008 11:57AM
Marvellous image.....congrats.

Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
4 Nov 2008 12:00PM
Grand shot.

4 Nov 2008 1:37PM
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,
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2008 3:50PM

Quote:What a shot, it says so much, makes you stop and thank your lucky stars. Great capture.
nicely done
4 Nov 2008 5:14PM
I love candid shots and this is a cracker - works well in b & w and has good tones
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
4 Nov 2008 6:04PM
1st Class mono Jonathan.
4 Nov 2008 7:24PM
WOW !cracking Mono--Love it
lostintime Plus
10 13 5 Germany
4 Nov 2008 7:39PM
A beautiful shot with a story Jonathan, super expression and composition, it works really well in mono.
goso Plus
11 2 1 Australia
4 Nov 2008 9:35PM
Great candid....Bill
OMG Plus
9 51 2 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 12:31AM
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
5 Nov 2008 1:41AM
Great candid shot
5 Nov 2008 2:18AM

Quote:Great candid shot

I agree

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