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| 08 December, 2013 13:56
In my travels, I am not much interested in documenting the political conditions in which people live or in making political statements about a nation but rather in capturing openly and honestly how people live their day-to-day lives and meet their needs. I believe that all people, regardless of their culture, their socio-economic conditions or their ideology, have the same fundamental needs—to live, to learn, to love and to leave a legacy for future generations.
As such, The Timeless Faces of China makes no political statements of any kind about China, nor is it a statement about this vast nation’s character. The pictures in the book represent an honest portrayal of people who are much like you and me—people who are trying to live their lives to the fullest, plan for the future and contribute to their community. Included below is a sampling of some of the photographs from the book. I believe they give a sense of the cross section of Chinese society I was striving to portray.
Beijing: Musician performing at the Temple of Heaven.
Shanghai: Young woman dressed in traditional costume.
Zhengding: Young child warmly welcomes me on a Buddhist holy day.
Jingzhou: Young school girl emerges from the archeological museum.
Wanzhou: Venders sell fresh produce in the central market.
Wanzhou: Butcher shop in the central market.
Shijiazhuang: Early morning rush hour and more people riding bicycles than driving cars.
Shanghai: Woman scrubbing clothes on a street corner in the city center.
Beijing: Shop owner waiting for customers in the old city quarter.
Xi'an: Tang theatrical performer during performance.
Jingzhou: Drum performance troupe greets Yangtze River travelers upon arrival at Jingzhou port.
Chongqing: A grandfather shares a tender moment with his grandchild.
Shanghai: A chic young woman gets her boots polished.
Shanghai: A young boy enjoys life playing in a shopping area of the old city.