Without Wheels. Image taken in the MEN Village Shaanxi Province, China
I just love taking a sneak peak inside these gates to see what lies in wait for my eyes, in this case neatly stacked corn under a layer of snow waiting for warmer drier days. This image is part of a set from the MEN Village, Shaanxi Provice China.
The entrance to one of the village homes, all houses have entrance gates like this one and usually a courtyard before entering the main house.
Tracks and Tractor.
Image taken in the MEN Village, Shaanxi Province, China. Were just entering the village from the surrounding fields after our winters walk, heading back home to the warmth of the fire bed and the lunch awaiting us :)
Walking back from the fields that surround the Men Village onto the road, freshly swept snow leaves way for a small car to leave its mark along with some single cart tracks and the farmer pulling it along :)
A story unfolding in snow :)
It’s Simply Black and White
Image taken in the MEN Village, Shaanxi Province China
My wife May levitating above the fields surrounding the MEN Village, Shaanxi Province China.
My wife walking to the edge of the mountain, Shaanxi Province China
The Steps in Winter.
The fields surrounding the Men Village in Shaanxi Province China suddenly drop off down the mountainside but not one square meter is wasted, the fields are cut into the mountainside like steps with irrigation channels taking the water right down into the valley below, its a beautiful sight especially in summertime when the fields are a glow with corn :)
The views around the Men Village really gave me inspiration, the simple, stark trees and farm buildings just called out for Black and White, I do hope you like them as much as I?
Continuing on our walk through the fields of the Men Village, Shaanxi Province China on a cold winters day.
Trees lying dormant; waiting for the fresh breath of spring to kick start their annual lifecycle. Image taken in Shaanxi Province, China.
Barren. A field of apple trees waiting for springtime to bring them back to life.
From The Other Side.
Its always worth keeping your eyes open and looking from different angles, walking around a building, looking up, looking down, you never know what you will find :)
A place to shelter from the raging heat of the summer and the freezing cold of the winter, a place to store tools and take a rest. I loved the way the corn was stacked up and scattered onto the snow fall and the lines leading your eyes down to the corn field on the left beyond the building to the tree line valley below.
Hope you like it too :)
Another image from the MEN village , Shaanxi Province China
I tried to make this image like it was taken on a vintage film camera, what do you think?
For the last few months I have been so busy with work and I have been procrastinating for far too long to post regularly to my blog :( May and I have just returned from our Chinese New Year trip back to the mountains of Northern Shaanxi Province, I use the passport version for Shaanxi with two aa’s because there are two Shanxi provinces in China and unless you can read the Chinese characters you won’t be able to tell which province we were in. Our Shanxi is 陕西 and the other is 山西 they are next to each other when you look at a map of China, our Shanxi is the where Xian is the main city, the first capitol city of China and the home of the Terracotta Warriors.
Our Chinese New Year was great, we had no access to computers and very poor signals for our phones so it was WONDERFUL, total relaxation, back in the mountains, the clear blue skies during the day and perfect back skies filled with stars at night due to the almost 0 light pollution, the village we were staying in is home to my sister in law and her family, the village I have shared many images with you before, the wedding and wedding food preparations, the happy smiles of the villagers etc. This trip was certainly for visiting family, going back to nature and relaxation from the crazy 24 x 7 life we live in Shanghai a city with well over 25,000,000 people, thats 25 million :(
I will be posting many images over the next few weeks from our stay in the village, the people, a Chinese New Year wedding in the village, some family, some friends and some of the countryside, I do hope you like them.
My Dear Friends,
Tomorrow is Chinese New Years eve so I will be going off line and travelling with my wife to the mountains of central north China where we will spend the Chinese New Year holiday with her family on their farm. This time is spent honouring family members, passed ancestors and the younger generation where we come together as one and enjoy the festivities, so I would like to take this opportunity in wishing you all
A Very Happy Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Chai 恭喜发财
Xin Nian Kuai Le 新年快乐
2014 The Year of the Horse
So if you were born in :- 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, and 2002 then you were born in the Year of the Horse.
See you all in a week or so, hopefully with some nice images taken in rural China :)
Everything is done in these outdoor washrooms, food washing and preparation, washing clothes and washing self. The small taps on the wall usually have locks on them to stop other families using your water, the absence of a loo/s shows this family is in residence :) Image taken in the disappearing lanes of Shanghai China.
I will be flying back to the UK for Christmas this year so I will not be posting any images until early January so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I do hope Father Christmas does not end up on the front of our plane as we fly back!
Take care and enjoy :)
Another image taken in the disappearing lanes of Shanghai, China. Oh, how I love these lanes, the mix of tradition, DIY, simplicity and necessity make these lanes a wonderful place to walk and to photograph.
Hope you like them?