bongo: Once you ask someone for permission, or pay them, they are posing—they are doing the thing they do when they are in front of a camera. It's not street photography in the traditional sense. It's like taking pictures at the zoo and calling it wildlife photography.
China's English-speaking blogging community has a wealth of talent and today I would like to commence a long overdue project of chronicling some of those blogs (and providing myself with an excuse to surf the net and read them- something I don't do often enough).
While this series will focus on English blogs, that is not out of any disrespect for the Chinese language blogs, but simply a reflection of my still inadequate language skills. Chinese language blogs are their own fascinating sphere beginning with the always brilliant Han Han. There are a number of websites where Chinese language blogs can be read in translation- EastSouthNorthWest, Danwei, China Hush, China Geeks, China Media Project, and Global Voices, just to name a few.
But on with our current endeavor...
I would like to kick things off with Expatriate Games, overseen by my friend Michael Steverson down in Liuzhou, Guangxi province. Rolling through the streets with a Canon 5D Mark II, Michael captures well-colored portraits of everyday life on the street. In one brave enterprise last year, Michael spent 24 straight hours photographing the city on the Chinese New Year. He is now dipping his feet into the photo tour business so if you're headed down that way and need a photo guide, look him up. Also not to be missed is the photographer interview series: first editions published are here and here.
During recent visits to Liuzhou, I've had the good fortune to go with Michael on a couple photo walks. On ExpatriateGames.net, you can see his results from our 2010 and 2011 rambles.
If the blog doesn't offer enough for you, you'll find more of his pictures elsewhere on the web...
On his Flickr page, this photo is one of my personal favorites. You can explore other China pictures he has taken in this album. Steverson's photos are noteworthy for their nice bokeh, clear colors, and celebration of the everyday spirit. A few other memorable portraits can be seen here, here, and here. Enjoy!