JiaShan boatman, 2008 copyright of Douglas Stockdale
While I was working my way through the first edit of my photographs for the Chinese Picture Postcardsproject, this one photograph just jumped at me as the image that could be my potential photobook cover.
The project is a series of dyptichs, one of which will be a classic China photograph that you might purchase a post card of, in order to send home to create envy or perhaps as trigger for a fond memory. The second photograph of the pair will be the reality photograph, about the change and upheaval I experienced within China.
And for me, this photograph incorporates both of those elements. The old Chinese village with a picturesq boatsman paddling out to his destination on the river, but on the opposite banks, a row of modern, dense housing, which has risen on top of the old village hutong.
And this is starting to look like it could be a rather large book.
Best regards, Doug