A small Chinese town photographed in 12 hours by a foreigner and a longtime resident, what does it look like...
On Saturday night I wrote to a WeChat chat group: “I haven’t photographed anything for a few weeks. First it was too hot, now it has been raining for a few days. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be a sunny day here at the border of the town and the countryside. Any good ideas for my tomorrow’s photography topic? If anyone comes up with something I can do, I’ll post a few photos tomorrow evening here.”
So a good friend answered: “Try to get advertising photos for a vacation nearby…. I mean intentionally taking nice looking shots, but no shit around it. Going to positions where the eye normally does not go and limit the view to a nice area only.”
I didn’t quite stick to the given assignment, butI tried putting on my tourist glasses and tried to see the area I’ve known for 13 years, as someone who just came to the town, especially a foreigner. You all know that you have only a few days after arriving at a new place to shoot photos showing the uniqueness of the new place, because after that everything becomes normal. I don’t know if I managed to capture the feeling of our absolutely-not-touristy town, but I tried. And cycled for 12 hours hunting for photo ops.
If you have time, here you go, 58 final photos of our little 250k-inhabitant Chinese town near Xi’an, Shaanxi province, and its surroundings on a July Sunday.