I am beginning a new feature on the website today. Postcards from China will (hopefully) become a weekly showcase of China as seen through some other photographers viewfinders. During my time in China I’ve been fortunate to meet many photographers from around the world and I thought this might be a nice way to show you more of China and introduce you to some very talented artists along the way.
This first installment features an image from Vern Fong. Vern is a 26 year-old pharmaceutical rep from Nanning who covers Guangxi Province for a Japanese drug company. When Vern got his first full-time job in 2008 he found himself traveling a lot and most often to places he’d never been before. He picked up a Lumix LX3 and hasn’t looked back. I met Vern and his then girlfriend – now wife Suri last summer in Nanning and I was impressed with his fine character and eye for a shot. We’ve become good friends. He excels at street photography but really does a number of thing well. He and Suri just picked up a used Canon DSLR and have been spending some time re-learning a few things as they get the new tool dialed in.
The photo below was the very last image from his 365 day photo a day project. Yep, both he and Suri took at least a photo a day for a year. He remembers the shot very well. “It was the last day of 2011 and also the last day of our 365 Project. We had been wandering the streets near home for a while and I was growing frustrated, as I couldn’t see a fresh shot. Suri got her shot first and I just wanted to get it over with. I saw this guy come out and sit down from down the street. I walked/ran up and crouched down in front of him and was able to fire off this single frame before he could get back up. I felt I had probably captured a nice moment but that window of opportunity was there for less than a minute.”
The Chef was taken with an Olympus E-P2. The exposure was 1/10 of a second at f/1.7 at 20mm with an ISO of 200.
Vern hopes that his photos might allow us to see the mundane in a different light. He dreams of becoming a professional photojournalist but admits it will be difficult to leave his job and lucrative salary behind to try and break into what is a very controlled and crowded marketplace. I say keep the dream alive…
You can see more of Vern’s photography on his Flickr page. It’s also where you’ll find his 365 Project.
I hope you’ll enjoy this series. I think I’ll have some fun with it…
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