This is one of my final photos because of the topic and story it tells. I chose this photo because the subject is dressed like the present while sleeping on something from the present as well. the background also gave me a sense of the past where there weren’t a lot of colors and they usually use grey bricks to build buildings. Also, this photo incorporates different elements we learned over the course of the class. There is texture in the rust of wheels of the motorcycle and you can also find the texture on the guy’s clothes. There are lines in the background created by the bricks and the lines, also the lines lead your eyes towards the subject. I was trying to get a shot of a person standing or walking in front of a wall and I wanted to get a side view of them. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to get that type of photo because this guys head is covered he wouldn’t notice me taking the photo. If I got to take this photo again I would try to take this photo in a different angle but keep the same effect. This photo shows how hard working people are and that every day they should have a break from work and take a nap.
This is one of my final photos because the women dancing is lined up following this one leader. The story behind this photo is that every day these women come down and dance together, they were friends for a long time and always hang out with each other. I chose this photo because you can see the people from the present are still worshiping and doing dances they do from the past. The color red also plays a big role in this photo because the color red is a color the Chinese people wear to celebrate traditions and holidays. The women also create a type of line that leads your eye towards the leader. I also tried to frame the photo better so that the leader of the line is in focus, but you can also see the women lined up behind her. The fans also represent the past since they look like fans old performers use to entertain the audience. The leader is mostly on the right. I also thought of the rule of three in this photo. The women are doing the same move in a straight line and also where I stood was a good spot because you can see most of the people behind the leader. If I can take this photo again I would use a different lens to create more of a bokeh effect.
This made it to my final photos because the girl play with the toy is framed in the middle of the picture. This shows the story of China past present and future because the child that is playing with a toy outside instead of using technology (past). In the background, you can see trash falling out of the trash can and that can represent how our earth is not being treated well (present/future). The color red also plays a big role in this photo because of the color contrast from the foreground and the background. The kid wears a red jacket symbolizing the respect she has to her culture. This shot is moderately strong because the emotion and facial expression on the kid’s face wouldn’t be the same if the kid noticed that there was a camera taking pictures of her. If I got to take this photo again I would look around to see if there is anything I can add to the background to create more contrast and more of a story.
This made the final photos because it’s rare for us to see people dressed like this. The door and the man is a really big example of China in the past because of the man’s clothes is a look from the past and the door is red and contrasts with the man’s clothing. The scene also seems like old China because of the grey and brick wall. The man also looks like he is sleeping, signifying how people in the present sleep outsides. There are always people around China trying to preserve the beauty of the past and I think this man was doing that. This photo was taken right before we left the hutongs, I was not planning on taking any more photos until I saw this man dressed like the past. When I took this photo the man there were a lot of people behind me so I was rushed when taking this photo, so I would try to take different angles of this man and I would look around to see if I could frame anything into the photo as well.
This is one of the final photos because the man is playing an old instrument that people don’t normally use in the modern day and playing it for the public to here. The mirror is attached to a bike so that the mirror represents the present as he is reflected off of it. The flute is also made of wood and a type of mineral and you normally see metal flutes in the modern day so that flute represents the past. Also, the river and the fence represents the past because of the color white. In the modern day, you can see fences are usually made of metal or wood, but this fence is made out of rocks and having that fence gives you a feeling of the past meeting the present. The river also has a boat floating on top of it, that boat stands out in the photo and represents the past as well. the boat’s color is red and contrast from the green and blue from the color of the river and the man’s jacket. The man’s clothing also can represent the present and the past. The hat he is wearing is not a normal hat everyday people wear in the 21 century, more of an old hat that people wore in the 19 century. The jacket/suit he is wearing is a material that is usually used in the present and not really commonly found in the past. The suit also can be something people wear in the future if China doesn’t change. This man also is preserving the beauty of China’s past and hope that the tradition would never fade. This was one shot I was hoping to get while on this trip. I wanted to achieve a photo where someone or something is reflected in water or a mirror. I found this man sitting on his scooter and thought that it would be great if I could reflect his face on the scooters mirror. I took a few shots and chose the best one of the bunch. One thing that I would change if I got to take this photo again is to take a photo of the reflection but try to incorporate more of a background. This is one of my strongest photo I took during the trip.