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For starters, great work! Its an amazing shot! I'm always told by other photographers to put the main subject of interest in one of the...

hey kids!

back from my trip aboard with a final photo count of nearly 8000 shots; the most I've taken on a single trip!

i got back China about a week ago, loaded down with dirty clothes, souvenirs, a rice paddy hat and of course two bottles of duty-free alcohol. I've already been back to work since then, which is good because when i was in Hong Kong i brought a fair bit a photo gear, including a new lens and battery pack.

i've gotta say though, China isn't exactly like what i pictured it to be. that said i wasn't sure what to expect at all. nearly everyone has a smart phone which they are on to the point where they can walk into the dangerous thick traffic and not notice. people are always trying to sell you stuff, be it fake or the genuine article.

the only real difference i found (to Australia anyway) was the fact that everyone spoke a difference language, and i had to walk shoulder to shoulder with a minimum of 5 people when i walked down the street.

it just makes me wonder why people think other people are so different. yes of course we are different in our own special way, but step back to see the broader picture and everything is actually pretty similar.

for example:

we had a short tour on a bamboo boat up the Li river near the city of Yangshao. there were four of us on the boat plus our driver/guide. this guy was your typical chinese river man; heavily shorts and t-shirt, a pair of sandals tanned skin and heavily calloused hands from a life of labour. he seemed to be very proud of his river home. despite not speaking word one of english he still pointed out local landmarks and gestured the names, waved to locals on the river bank and slowed to allow us to take some shots.
all the while with a smile on his face.

now when i told a friend about this awesome boat man, it reminded me of another experience i had when i was in Germany, now nearly 6 years ago.

Neuswanstein Castle in Bavaria (thats the disney castle for the unaware!); a light fog was rolling amongst the mountains surrounding the impressive building and snow was beginning to fall. my tour group friends and I hopped onto a horse drawn wagon that would take us from the bus to the gate of Neuswanstein. the man was pushing sixty i'd have guessed, wearing a great coat and a well loved hat that had clearly seen better days. he also spoke very little english, but still draped a blanket over us as a waiter in a fancy would with a napkin, and pointed to each of his old Clydesdale horses and announced "Marcus und Hans". he took us up the steep slope to the gate (not me, since i got out near the top get some photos!) and proceeded to point at the mountains and the trees, speaking in broken english about how beautiful they looked now and how even more beautiful they looked in the spring.
all the while with a smile on his face.

My point is this; these two different men are the same when it comes to their pride of their home and country. they love it with all their hearts. to them nothing will ever compare to the beauty in which they live in everyday. despite being separated by language, culture, 10,000 miles and over a dozen countries i still manged to meet two very different, but very similar men.

so if a Chinese fisherman/boat guide and a Germany horse cart owner aren't all that different, what makes you think this doesn't apply to everyone else?

right, now onto photos!

as you can tell by the gallery adjacent; I've managed to get some pretty decent shots of the Peoples Republic of China. It really is a place where east meets west. foreigners mixed in with the locals, and not necessarily people too!

I'm going to give my archive another look over too, to see if any Pulitzer prize winners slipped through the net the first time round.
Going to take up hiking again as well since the weather has been pretty clear, albeit the cold weather.

FYI, its currently 4 degrees here!

alright, later guys!

  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: 30 Seconds to Mars
  • Reading: Nikon Instruction Manual
  • Watching: The Devil is a Part Timer
  • Playing: AoT: The Devils Cartel
  • Eating: Spagetti and Mince
  • Drinking: Southern Comfort & Coke


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Jonathan "Shutter" Hosking
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I've been interested in Photography since I was 13, and I've decided that I want to try make a career out of it. I have worked as a freelancer for a couple of local businesses, and even a major newspaper. I mostly shoot public events, but also portraits and nature/landscape shots.

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