" What a sky without a Moon and what a life without a Chayhana? "
The Chayhana is a Central Asian institution, It's not only the place, where any time of the year, people gather for cup of tea, it is also the place where people talk anything and everything about daily life and discuss any problems. Sometimes they meet to do business, but mostly they just like to chat and tell jokes and news of the day and exchange information. This is an old chayhana that still survises, hidden in the back alleyways in the old city of Kashgar which serves as the traditional meeting place for most Uighur men and most patrons are in their fifties who come to enjoy the warmth and company of the teahouse.
Topics of discussion generally revolve around day-to-day life or religion when the imam from the neighboring mosque appears. The funishing and decors are sparse, wood cabinets store pots and cups while elevated wood platform serve as the seating area and patches of shaded colors hint the one time painted walls and doors in the dim light condition. I simply loved the character and charm of this traditional teahouse and the feel is just like stepping back in time. This chayhana is timeless, unaffected and unconcerned by the passage of time at least for now. As with many of the establishments in the old quarter, the Uighur chayhanas are an endangered species, threatened by commie demolition team and hopefully as the high rise towers continue to sprout up throughout the city, it will remain that way....
This quite close shot was taken by placing the camera on my jacket on the table unnoticed. Prefocused, preset on apperture priority on manual mode, shutter was released using remote control when situation was ripe without the need of touching the camera. I was simply attracted by the characterful elderly Uighur before my eyes who seemed so serious and fully engrossed in the conversations.
WS1 : Picture taken from a cozy corner of this chayhana, patrons sit on a raised platform welcoming a stranger!
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TopGeo (38204) 2012-06-24 8:36
Hello Abmdsudi! An amazing portraits and informations!!!sky without a moon!!!
you have caught a very spontaneous and fresh scene, in a very special atmosphere. A good quality of image, a great sharpness a very interesting composition.
Nice work. Perfect theme excellent idea and note about the daily life in China
Have a nice day. Best regards,
SnapRJW (31427) 2012-06-24 9:05
Hello Abmdsudi - What a fabulous shot. You have captured this tea shop with really good atmosphere and realism. The composition is outstanding with the central character being well lit and sharp, his expression speaks of thoughtful contemplation. His friend is quietly waiting for a response or opinion. Looking past the two main characters we see other patrons enjoying company and conversation. A special shot, well done! Warm regards Rosemary
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-06-24 11:02
mi piace molto il calore e l'emozione che si respira in questa bellissima scena.
Hai scelto due personaggi molto interessanti, e li hai immortalati in una bellissima espressione, con una luce ed una qualità perfette. Complimenti.
Un caro saluto
PaulVDV (22657) 2012-06-24 14:01
Both pictures are splendid portraits of these Uyghur men in the chayhana!
The quality is perfect! Sharpness, quality, colours, composition. The picture in the WS also shows us something of the architectural decorations.
Very attractive daily life-pictures.
Best regards, Paul
CLODO (30597) 2012-06-25 2:02
Hats off Abmdsudi
for your preparation of tis shot. We seem to be part of te discussion, and the man with the white barb is absolutely fantastic, his eyes are tired.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-06-25 2:10
a splendid photo with excellent composition and special atmosphere, the timng is excellent. Beautiful photo work with fantastic realization, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
jmdias (56059) 2012-06-25 3:10
excellent portrait, with a high quality of image. the light is amazing and the personages are natural and well shown at same time the place where they are. TFS once again images of a unknown world that is being damaged .
everlasting (14676) 2012-06-25 3:45
A candid social documentary image which you have captured extremely well. The light on the main character is good, I wonder what he is thinking. I like to see the others in the background, clear enough but not disturbing the central scene.
ourania (31999) 2012-06-25 4:39
a wonderful photo that captures the moment and the timeless atmosphere of the teahouse exquisitely. The point of view, superb sharpness, natural lighting and colours make the impression of sharing the table and conversation with the gentlemen shown here very vivid. I love how you don't show them as an exotic sight, curious in the eyes of a stranger. Instead, you went close to the level of the table and their talks and now offer us the rare experience of entering a closed world at an intimate moment. I like very much the depth behind the two men, the naturalness of the expressions and of their being an integrated part of this place and its community. How different they look in the workshop photo facing the stranger:)Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
sacimar (25975) 2012-06-25 5:32
good image and good note to explain what you show us here, I like the scene and the expression of the old man, there must be interesting conversations in this place, well done,
holmertz (41695) 2012-06-25 9:19
It's interesting to read your description of how you took this photo. I thought you were always quite open with your intentions. But this explains while this picture is maybe too tightly cropped at the bottom. However, the light and sharpness are perfect and the expression on the older man's face is so natural that it would have been hard to get if he had been aware of the camera.
eldancer1 (28495) 2012-06-25 9:23
Awesome portrait of those gentlemen and thanks for the wonderful information. As they say, learning about the world through photography and you did a wonderful job of educating me. I like the soft lighting. Great capture of the man's facial expression. Good dof with nice details. Well done,tfs.
bayno (18342) 2012-06-25 10:00
you did a great job with the remote control and the Camera resting with this technique have reached an all-natural shot with the subject completely relaxed and without tension, beautiful tones of the picture, very nice also the WS, the portraits are among the my favorite themes and this is wonderful, also excellent note...
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-06-25 10:27
Good shot nice note.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (86728) 2012-06-25 11:43
Admiration renouvelée pour cette composition.
Le portrait de ces hommes est excellent.
Une image qui touche le lecteur.
Félicitations pour cette réussite.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-06-25 13:39
hai catturato un ottimo doppio ritratto con una splendida espressione dell'anziano.
bukitgolfb301 (36206) 2012-06-25 13:50
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Great and significant portrait shot.
His expresion is very very tatseful and meaningful.
Sharpness and clearness is as usual as your trademark.
Best framework with best daylaight.
A littel under exposure makes very good atmosphere, of couse under your intentional control, I am sue.
Thanks for your sharing with nice shot and have a good start of week!
Takero from Tokyo
dkmurphys (50006) 2012-06-25 23:51
Lovely picturesque scene. I like the contrasts and the presentation. An image that beats the time.
kato (11630) 2012-06-26 2:22
You're capturing well this portrait by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive the spectacle in which the old man who was wearing the traditional hat/clothes is chatting with the friend while drinking tea. It's interesting in a long white beard, too. And, it's good at perspective in this restaurant.
Have a nice day.
shevchenko (19279) 2012-06-26 2:35
Creative titile and informative note to introduce their living style, good frame to a group of man that having tea at outside, seem women are all at home, lively daily life photo, thanks for sharing.
delpeoples (53167) 2012-06-26 3:17
This is a great double portrait, and even better given the explanation to you gave to us as to how you got it. I think if you'd asked these two gentlemen to take the photo, it would have lacked all that candour that the present photo has. And you;ve also had to avoid any kind of confrontation in case they said no to you. A lovely shot, and beautiful note to accompany it. This is great, original photography, congratulations.
jhm (139952) 2012-06-26 3:48
A nice daily life scene with te old men with beard in foreground.
Composition and clarity are beautiful
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
adramad (38509) 2012-06-26 13:14
Stunning portrait of these two men, the image conveys perfectly the atmosphere and tradition of these places as characteristic for tea and contact with friends and acquaintances. A magnificent clarity that highlights every detail and textures of these two men, the background of people slightly diluted, is an ideal complement. Well done.
Cricri (107236) 2012-06-26 19:23
Un lieu de rencontre sympathique entre amis, expressions et scéne naturels bien capturer de ces messieurs, excellent cadrage, la profondeur et les détails, très intéressante image
Silvio1953 (123431) 2012-06-27 3:24
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely double portrait of characteristic men, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
willperrett (7346) 2012-06-27 4:58
I love candid photographs and this is a cracker. Your note is so informative (about the place and the means of taking the picture) and helps us understand the situation. The predominantly dark tones work excellently to convey mood and atmosphere in this backstreet interior. Very well achieved my friend!
Wanda1 (14982) 2012-06-27 5:37
Once again you bring us a great daily life image. It seems that in many countries tea brings people together for socialising and just passing the time. You have found two nice characters deep in their discussion, and I like to see that they are drinking from bowls. From your workshop photo too it looks like a great tea house to relax and spend some time enjoying the atmosphere.
nikkitta (14858) 2012-06-27 12:28
What a very good photo!!
Of daily life in Xinjiang, cleverly taken ( in your note)
It seems an old scene with the long white bearded speaking in a relaxed way and the other listening with attention, or so it seams
Like the blurred BG
About the WS, interesting capture of the ambiance
marabu61 (8583) 2012-06-27 15:45
You where able to catch the atmosphere of this place perfectly. This is a very nice picture of everyday live. I can really hear the discussion those two men are having
That is a typical picture, why I love Trek Earth so much, one can discover scenes from all over the world .
Thanks for sharing
ahmet54 (3073) 2012-06-28 11:14
great shot out of a chayhana. I like those two aqsaqals (white beards) enjoying their cups of tea. The weary face with all that wrinkles and the white beard make him a honourable man.
Thanks for sharing.
karacabeylis (1465) 2012-06-30 0:55
wonderful shot. the oldman's face is displaying a great image on wisdom, patience..
daddo (24404) 2012-07-03 0:30
Salam Abmdsudi. Splendid portrait. Wonderful chiaroscuro effect and lovely details on face, beard, embroidered cap,coat.Nice chemistry between the two, both engrossed in their talk and oblivious to your presence. The man could be an aged version of Chengiz Khan.Salam. Klaudio.
Angshu (55892) 2012-07-03 3:38
Your clever placement of the camera & the excellt timing thanks to the remote shutter release captured out a fine piece of moment. How did you manage the sharp focus on the Uighur's face? I liked the distant look of the old Uighur, while the one closer to us seems to be an eager listener.
A fine informative note as always to boot!
PS : Your WS post is also a delight...very warm atmosphere portrayed there
Waylim (25360) 2012-07-03 9:49
Sorry, I have not been very active here lately, busy with daily life.
This is yet another really nice shot of a the leser know area and people of China. I love the casual moment of the local just enjoying their tea and chit chat between friends.
josepmarin (57801) 2012-07-05 9:56
a fantastic capture in which you have caught the atmosphere of a moment of chatting and of relaxation in front of a cup of tea.
You offer us a clear and spontaneous image, where we can see all the details of the face of the man placed at the right side.
The light, the colors, and the field depth are excellent.
A great work, full of the vitality of a daily-life scene.
yquem46 (38742) 2012-07-05 10:04
Excellent daily life shot and accompanying note
Quite natural attitudes of these men chatting
In the old times there were similar places like this one in France, especially in the small villages (they still exist but the mood is a bit gone away with modernity)
Simply the chinese chai is replaced by white wine or strong alcohol, LOL !
Have a nice day
Hope to see similar situations soon in Bishkek
InasiaJones (31498) 2012-07-06 21:23
Fascinating characters and excellent context to photograph them.
There is a timeless quality to your image, great tones and very soft light. I like to see the perspective in the background, framed by the two subjects.
Reading your interesting note, I conclude that it might not be easy to photograph people in this part of the world, as I know that you aren't usually hesitate to approach people. So your technique is quite clever, bringing a touch of natural behavior and a sense of spontaneity.
leo61 (0) 2012-07-06 21:36
A wonderful scene with good depth and excellent quality.
I like it a lot.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-07-30 19:06
Very interesting portraits. Wonderful expression and clarity with just the right amount of surrounding detail.
aliabazari (15833) 2012-10-21 20:08
Hi abmdsudi Dear
Fascinating portrait of the man with the beard and traditional clothes. I love this picture clarity and color saturation. Good composition and depth of exposure. It is very lovely.
Thank you for registering for this nice picture
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43714)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: NIKON D200, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 100 RAW
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 8:02
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