Photography these days is in a strange place:
Everybody snaps so many pictures, they have lost all value.
So much is being done in Photoshop, there is little reality anymore.
And many photographers are among the most-followed people online.
One of the great fascinations of photography is the insight into other places and other people’s lives that it gives.
Even in times of seemingly pervasive Photoshop-ing (and even given the long history of photographic fakery), there is a power to the photojournalistic image.
See: Dead Syrian refugee boy on Turkey beach.
But also, if you know of it: “How the Other Half Lives.”
I discovered my passion, and my Sony RX100’s potential, for astrophotography – taking pictures of stars and other sights of the night sky – through pure good luck.
The night out in the Shennong Valley area of Hunan, China, was just so dark, and thus so full of stars, that it tempted me to play around with the manual settings required for sensible astrophotography. And the results impressed.
With all the panting about China supposedly having overtaken the USA as the world’s largest economy already, it often sounds as if the Chinese must all be worker bees (on that note, the book recommendation on the right) with nary a minute to catch their breath.
Whether it’s breathtaking speed that makes for a need to catch some zzz’s whenever and wherever one gets a chance, or the opposite of being left behind and having not much to do, or nowhere to go, but to get a little sleep in public…Beijing’s urban life sure does sometimes, suddenly, offer impressions of a very different Chinese dream, consisting of as little as a little rest in the middle of the buzz and pollution and change.
This would be a place where it would be possible, well within a lifetime, to wake up from a sleep and suddenly find oneself in utterly changed circumstances, á Rip van Winkle… or not, but that’s the theme of a different photo project.
With those thoughts in mind, after having sought out The Silence of Sound in the (European) urban landscape before, I now went and documented a few of Beijing’s Sleepers…
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