For the photographer local markets have much to offer. You will always find an array of vibrant colors from the fruits, vegetables, grains, spices and meats displayed. And, in places like China where everyday life is so much different from ours, it's very interesting to see exactly how they handle the mundane everyday kind of things. For example: When is the last time you saw meats (right) displayed on a plywood board and without refrigeration in the US? I'm sure there are places where you might still see such things, but it's not something we see in northern New Jersey a lot. But the real reward for the photographer is in the pictures of the people, especially the children you encounter. On this visit to the market we managed to take a couple of exceptional pictures of the children.
Fresh meat, open air market, Beijing
Fresh meats for sale
Children playing at the market, Beijing
Little girl, Beijing
These two children were absolutely precious. I found them playing behind a vegetable counter and
oblivious to the world or so it seemed until I showed up with my camera. I immediately took their
picture and then showed it to them. That's a blessing of a digital camera, by showing the pictures
you immediately make friends and delight young children.
Crying baby and smiling mother, Beijing   I spotted this mother and baby walking around the market and asked the mother if it was OK to take the baby's picture. She nodded her head and I took aim with the camera. As soon as I put the camera to my eye the baby began crying and hid his face against his mother. I put the camera down and he stopped. I tried again and, again, the same thing happened. After several attempts to photograph this baby's face I finally gave up and settled for the shot with the baby crying and hiding his face from my lens. Looking at it now, I couldn't be more happy with the way the picture turned out.
Markets aren't the only place you can find to photograph children. As you may have noticed, they are everywhere and easy targets for the camera lens. The only thing is that, with children as the subjects, you have to be on your toes all the time.

Pee pee in the street, Beijing
Little boy urinating in the street

Impatient little girl, Beijing
Little girl bored waiting for daddy
to fiddle with his camera and
take a family picture

The shots at left are perfect examples of what I mean by being ready on a moments notice.

For the top shot, we were sitting on the bus in traffic when I noticed this little boy about two years old waddle over from a small market to the street curb. When I say waddle I mean waddle. It wasn't what you'd consider a normal stride for a child. I quickly grabbed my camera and focused on the little boy not knowing what to expect. Arriving at the curb the little boy fumbled with his pants for a few seconds and, before you knew it, he was squatting and urinating on the street. I know the picture isn't great, but it is a reminder of this whole experience, of how he waddled to the curb and fumbled with his pants to undo them.

For the lower shot, we were waiting to enter the Summer Palace when I noticed a father posing the adult women of his family for a photograph. His little girl, about 3 or 4 years old, was obviously bored with the whole procedure and the time he was taking to get the photo. After a few minutes of wandering around near her father and tugging at him a couple of times, she finally walked around behind him and just rested her head against his back. Another beautiful shot captured because I was ready with the camera and patient enough to wait and see what developed.

Don't misinterpret my fondness for these pictures. They're not what I would call perfect by any means and they certainly won't win any contests, but they captured the essence of a moment of our trip. Years from now when we are sitting on that front porch rocking in our rocking chairs and looking at the pictures, they will bring back many fond memories of our trip to China and of the people we met.

Let's continue your journey through our China album with a stop at a local Hutong ...
Links to all China and Anniebee's Web site Pages
Previous | Next

Direct Page Links

Welcome to our China 2001 Photo Album
Planning and Getting there: Grand Circle Tours and Northwest Airlines
Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
Local Beijing Market (2) | Hutong | Bell Tower | Hutong Family, Dinner and the Opera | Cloisonné Factory | Ming Tombs | Ming Tombs (2)
Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
The Lesser Three Gorges (2) | The Qutang Gorge | Wanxian | The Last Day of Cruising | Regal China Cruise Lines
Chongqing : Chongqing
Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
The Hotels: Hotels, rail and air travel in China
Hong Kong : Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Aberdeen Fishing Village | Hong Kong at Sunset | Hong Kong Bird & Flower Market
| New Territories Fishing Village | Hong Kong Farewell Dinner
Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

Links to other Anniebee's web site pages

Anniebee's Home Page | Annie's Kites | Drewry Family History | Vacation Paradise | Web Design Services

E-mail questions to :