Posts Tagged ‘china’


Shadows on The Li

I recently finished another two-week photo tour of China. As much as I love to travel it can be a challenge for a photographer when returning to the same locations again and again. On the one hand you surely become very familiar with certain sites and the logistics of getting there and then meeting some of the same people over and over can […]



Still moving forward and getting caught up here. I mentioned last time that I had some things coming up over the next few months. The first is a 10-page documentary feature in China Photography Magazine entitled “Generations”. More than 6 years in the making, Generations follows 5 different families located across China. In a string of candid interviews we learn something about each family’s history, their […]



I love that word Evolution. To change, to grow, to evolve. Idealy we should continuously be moving forward, growing and learning. That’s easier said than done of course because try as we might, sometimes we just stall out. We hit a wall creatively and can’t seem to get around it. Writer’s block is a term most of […]


A Week in Gaungxi Province

I love traveling. The travel bug was instilled in me from the very beginning – and I do mean the beginning. I was born in Germany at a US Naval Hospital and had to have extra pages attached to my passport by the time I was three. Growing up as an Army brat meant my […]


Saying Goodbye to Luo Meizhen

While not totally unexpected, I was saddened today to learn of the passing of Luo Meizhen. At 127, Ms. Luo was purportedly the world’s oldest person ever. She had developed a string of health problems in recent months and died this past weekend. Her grandson was quoted this week as saying Ms. Luo was kind […]

The Egg Lady

The Egg Lady

The Atlantic recently published this image in their on-line edition and over the last few days a number of people have asked about seeing the photo in a larger format, so I’m sharing it here on the website. I took this a couple of years ago in an alley right here in Liuzhou. I like taking […]


10 Minutes – Ms. Ma from Zhashi Village

One of the highlights of last summer’s tour of Yunnan Province was the four days we spent at Lugu Lake. Lugu is located in the northeast of Yunnan Province on the border with Sichuan Province at 2,700 meters above sea level. It’s tough getting there. The trip involves 8 mostly harrowing hours on a bus from […]


Embrace the Grey

I’m struck today by how small our world has become and how fortunate we all are to be living in these times… I am an American photographer sitting in my office in Liuzhou, China drinking Italian coffee out of a mug made in The Philippines. There is some incredible Indian incense burning in my living […]


10 Minutes – The Garden off Donghuan Lu

After years of traveling half-way across the city to buy plants and flowers we’ve recently discovered there is a fairly large, but somewhat hidden flower market just a few miles down the road from us. Yesterday Lily and I set out to get a little exercise combined with a mission to buy some plants for […]


Life on the Streets – Liuzhou

Fickle doesn’t quite describe the Liuzhou winter of 2012/13. A week ago it was zero. The last two days it’s been in the mid 70’s. I am not complaining. Photographer Stephen Patterson and his lovely wife Tina made a pit-stop here in Liuzhou on the way to their Thailand Spring Festival getaway. We had an […]


Postcards from China X – Rob Smith

Our tenth installment of Postcards from China comes by way of Shanghai based photographer Rob Smith. A native of the UK, Rob has been based in Shanghai for more than 15 years now. Initially, he came to work for a UK company as a project manager, but 10 years ago he and another Brit decided to […]


10 Minutes – The Butchers of Guizhong Cai Shi – 桂中菜市 (Guizhong Night Market)

Lily and I took a quick walk over to the Guizhong Night Market last night to play around with the new 5D Mark III. I got distracted (imagine that) and we didn’t get there until after nine and of course by then most of the merchants had packed it in for the night. In the […]


Postcards from China IX – Chakarin Wattanamongkol

Today’s Postcard from China comes to us by way of Thailand and features the photography of Dr. Chakarin Wattanamongkol. Knowing his name is a tough pronunciation for many of us, the good doctor also goes by the name of Jacky CW. Jacky works as a pulmonologist in Chanthaburi, Thailand. That’s his day job. He also […]


Postcards from China VIII – Teresa Qin

Today’s Postcard from China features Shanghai native Teresa Qin. After graduating from Melbourne’s RMIT, Teresa stayed in Australia to work at Next Digital, one of the world’s largest digital agencies. She was later able to transfer back to Shanghai as a team leader for company web projects. “As a web developer, I spend hours upon […]


Back to Work…

I am slowly getting back to work and doing all I can to get caught up with everything and everybody. Easier said than done of course but I am doing my best. I thought I should at least post something to the blog since it’s been months. I went back to the hospital yesterday for […]


Postcards from China VI – Tom Carter

Today’s installment of Postcards from China features American travel photographer Tom Carter. Tom is one of my photography heroes and has been a source of inspiration over the years. I first discovered his work even before my arrival in China. His 8 year tenure in The Middle Kingdom includes a ground-breaking 35,000 mile backpack trip […]


Postcards from China V – Stephen Patterson

Today’s Postcard features the photography of Stephen Patterson. Stephen and his wife Tina have worked and lived in both the US and China for several years but now live in Laifeng, Hubei Province full-time, where they have recently opened an English Language Academy. Stephen has traveled all over China but is fully enjoying life with […]


Postcards from China IV – Yereth Jansen

Today’s installment of Postcards from China features Dutch photographer Yereth Jansen. After working in web development for a number of years he was able to turn his passion for photography into his main profession. Focussing on fine art, portraits and fashion, Yereth is a storyteller who writes with light. He thinks pictures should speak for […]


Dunhuang – Three Days on the Silk Road

I was recently able to spend a few days in the Dunhuang area of Gansu Province. It was an amazing whirlwind of an adventure that came together on a whim after a casual remark made by our friend Zach. It didn’t take long to decide that if I could somehow underwrite at least part of the […]


Oh the places you’ll go… Yunnan Nights I

Without a doubt one of the things we enjoyed most about our time in Yunnan was the weather. It was very reminiscent of my years spent in the mountains of Colorado and a truly welcome respite from 7 summers spent in the overbearing heat and humidity of Guangxi Province. Almost every day the rain would stop […]


Oh the people you’ll meet… Saving Face(s) in Yunnan.

Hi friends. After a few weeks of traveling around Yunnan Province we are back home safe and sound here in Liuzhou. The plan now is to spend a couple of days decompressing before getting back into the thick of things. We both have a lot on our plates so I’m afraid this vacation will very […]


Postcards from China III – John Horstman

Today’s postcard comes from Dr. John Horstman, a native of Queensland, Australia. After graduating from the University of Queensland with a degree in Veterinary Science he practiced veterinary medicine in the Barossa Valley of South Australia, in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. He moved on to retail management in the pet industry and then […]


Seeing Red in China

I’ve been thinking about doing some color-themed posts for a while now and figure there is absolutely no other choice but to start with red as it is by far, the most dominant color in China. Red is associated with happiness and good fortune and is symbolic of fire and power to ward off evil […]


Postcards from China II – Jonathan Kos-Read

After Mark Roswell (Da Shan – 大山), Jonathan Kos-Read is arguably the best known foreigner in China. Until fairly recently I only knew Jonathan because of his photography. We’d developed a cordial relationship via Flickr over the last few years without me actually knowing who he was. When I began doing research in preparation for this feature […]