A while back I posted Chefs on the Move. This photo was taken a few moments from that one. A not-so busy main road close by the Forbidden City of Beijing on a snowy winter's day.
One thing you very rarely see in Chinese cities is more than one child with an adult. The one-child policy was introduced in the early 1980s, so the large majority of people under about 20 do not have brothers or sisters. Contrary to a lot of (foreigners) ideas, it is permitted to have more than one child, but you have to pay a series of fines which make it prohibitively expensive for most people.
So this is the result: a mother walking in downtown Beijing with (probably) her only child.
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amrinolastname (223) 2004-04-17 1:29
So much story on this beautifull BW scene. this kind of photo is something i really like to see.
bubbly (26) 2004-04-17 3:12
I like this photo in black and white. The note is interesting however I like all you can see in this photo - it looks cold
MKING (3054) 2004-04-17 3:40
This is a beautiful photograph- I find it reasonably (no photograph is truly) objective in that it doesn't suggest that having only one child is a negative or positive thing. The subtle tones and impeccable clarity support this idea. Very nice capture Josh.
Steely (895) 2004-04-17 3:42
A long time back, the enforcement of this law were left to local cadres and unfortunately a large of these ppl had more fervour then ability and a lot of unfortunate incidences happened, especially in the rural areas.
On the other other hand, the "little emperors" have a great childhood, imagine at least 2 sets of grandparents and parents tending to their needs, 6 adults spoiling the heck out of one little kid :)
I like this shot, the little girl seems to be smiling at your very happily. The image mother and child in a relatively empty street has a good amount of "space" to it.
the bare trees lining the street is a graceful framing for the top.
merpb (1995) 2004-04-17 3:50
This is superb Josh, they say that a picture is worth a 1000 words and this proves it, I have been looking at it for 5 minutes now and still find things of interest in it.
The composition is spot on and the standard lens has given a natural perspective that goes on for ever.
The main figures are relaxed and involving and the fact that every one else (1 exception unfortunatly) is going in the opposite direction create a tension.
One of my favourites now.
Darren (6823) 2004-04-17 5:01
I like this quite a lot Josh and in some ways I am not even sure why. The b&w looks great and for some reason, the mother and daughter really seem to jump out, being more contrasty than their surroundings I think. A nice simple composition, with the trees lining the streets and receeding back being a good feature. Nice shot.
gringofil (0) 2004-04-17 5:41
Hmmm...well, what can I say? I really like your B&W work as it has that original kind of quality and this one is no exception. Beijing, I think, is just made for B&W...especially when you take into account all the little lanes and streets in and around the Forbidden City. Wonderful winter shot with the right compo. I really like the misty atmoshpere in the background of the image...makes it WAY more interesting. Well done!
manny (21833) 2004-04-17 7:47
Josh, I like this a lot. It has such a visual clarity and the story is also very clear. I like the tree branches too. Thanks for reminding us, the world, about this policy in China.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-04-17 11:15
Very nice and crisp shot of the one child policy, well composed with the paths on eitherside, its also funny that they are walkign on the road too, well seen
PeterDF (418) 2004-04-17 11:40
Wonderful photo...the black and white adds so much to this...the expression on the young girl's face is priceless as it seems she is enjoying her outing with her mother so much! Very nicely done!
strangiato (10) 2004-04-20 8:43
This photo lets me feel how cold China can be and it's not just the temperature. I've read some terrible stories about this one child policy and while looking at this pic some of these came back from my memory.
You have done a very good job showing us. The two people, the weather, B&W, it's great.
joseelias (0) 2004-04-22 9:17
Interesting documentary image+note. The use of BW and high contrast enhance very well the volumes and shapes. In my monitor it's almost 3D.
hispic (9619) 2004-04-24 4:10
I like this calm depiction Josh, also like the expression of the girl who seems to be glad with her mother. This is a wonderful b/w picture.
ianmcall (1213) 2004-04-26 9:35
Crystal clear view down the road, very fortunate air by Beijing standards. Beautiful details and nice light on the trees and bikes, and the two people have nice expresions. the girl is obviously in a good mood and their clothing shows the weather well. Very nice feeling to this, and B&W works well.
The only thing here I'd change would be to crop off a bit of the road area at the bottom and possibly a little on the right; both to increase the relative size of the two fine main figures, and to avoid having the eye pulled to the empty areas of pavement.
orme (7215) 2004-04-26 22:31
A very beautiful shot, Josh. There is so much to look at, even the reflection in the puddle in the bottom left-hand corner. I like the happiness that you have captured in the little girl's face and the line of men walking down the road. Nice perspective. Well done.
kaychambers (1198) 2004-07-07 10:18
Fine imaging Josh, and a street i think i wandered down recently to the west of the Forbidden City?
Like it. Well done!
Vic, Singapore. 7th July 2004
Beijingren (0) 2005-09-22 10:04
Very nice photo with black and white. I think the woman is more likely to be the grandmother since almost all Chinese woman are employed. In a working day they are unlikely to appear on streets with their children.
- Copyright: Josh Josh (Josh69) (1431)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon f80, Nikkor 50 mm f 1.8, Ilford Super XP2 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China in Black and White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-17 1:22
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