Things I Come Across…

A typical village kitchen

Village kitchen

He was about to fry eggs

fire place

These pictures are taken in a remote BUYI village, in Guizhou province China.



14 responses

  1. These are very thought provoking pictures. He has food, fuel and shelter, which are the essentials but, apparently, not much else. Is this man poor? I suspect that depends on his state of mind and his social network rather than his possessions. Does he find life harsh, cruel and uncertain, or does he feel safe and secure in an environment he can easily survive in? We don’t know.

    I have a shot of an almost equally primitive kitchen that was still being used by foreign workers last year in Doha, one of the richest cities on earth. You don’t have to go to China to see something like this. I’ve noticed that it is often when people start pursuing wealth that life really turns bad for them. As they abandon what they know and journey into a strange new world they become easy victims for unscrupulous individuals.

    October 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  2. great composing with light!

    October 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

  3. Great photos, nice to see China from your angle!

    October 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

  4. The darkness adds to the drama of these photo’s. They speak to me of the vast gulf between the “have’s” and the “have not”s in this world and makes me sad. Congratulations for bringing such emotional photos to life.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  5. I’m pulled in by your strong, artistic views of rural China. Your photos illustrate the essence of the beauty of simplicity, show us old ways still viable today in people and places so many of us are unable to experience first-hand. Thanks for opening this door.
    P.S. My cousin and his wife made the films “Small Happiness: Women of a Chinese Village” (1984) and “Gate of Heavenly Peace” (1995).

    September 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

  6. This was amazing, Thanks and Love, nia

    September 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

  7. That is such a primitive kitchen. Some people have very hard lives. You photos are wonderful.

    September 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

  8. Hej from Sweden,
    First I would like to thank you for visiting my blog
    These two photos of this man’s kitchen speaks multitudes ! Your photography is brilliant!
    Thank you for posting.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  9. Intimate photographs, John. A privilege to view.

    September 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

  10. renfang77

    Thank you for visiting my blog
    I love your photos too! Would love to visit there:)

    September 14, 2011 at 1:44 am

  11. Like your photo’s – looks really good. I’ll be heading to China soon – can’t wait!

    September 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

    • That’s great! Which part of China are you going to visit ?

      September 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

  12. Shoshi

    wow, what amazing photos! I love your posts, keep em coming! (:

    September 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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