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, but I 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.
That’s all. Or is it?
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