inside thoughts on China and beyond

Portfolio – Faces of China

Oscar Wilde once wrote: “A man’s face is his autobiography.  A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” Each face is a work of art and a reflection of its history. But more specifically, it reflects how the face bearer stood -and stands- in life. No matter it has wrinkles or not; hair or not; teeth or not;  a glad heart makes a cheerful face. It are, after all, not the circumstances that form us; though they surely challenge us. It is how we deal with these circumstances, that shapes us -and those around us!

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Smoking Han (Sichuan)

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A man’s face is his autobiography.  A woman’s face is her work of fiction.  ~Oscar Wilde

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Shy Tibetan Girl (Sichuan)

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A glad heart makes a cheerful face. ~Proverbs 15:13

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Dong musician (Guizhou)

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A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life

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Tibetan mother and daughter (Ganzu)

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Tajik couple (Kashkurgan, Xinjiang)

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Smoking Miao man (Guizhou)

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Uighur men (Hotan, Xinjiang)

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Tajik man (Kashkurgan, Xinjiang)

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Miao woman (Guizhou)

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Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  ~Mother Teresa

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Man from Baisha (Guizhou)

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Young man from Baisha (Guizhou)

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Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
                      ~Author Unknown

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Shui man (Guizhou)

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Qiang woman (Sichuan)

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Dong man (Guizhou)

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Dong woman (Guizhou)

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Every smile makes you a day younger.  ~Chinese Proverb

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Happy Miao man (Guizhou)

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There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherein he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.  ~Sir Thomas Browne

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More photo impressions can be viewed on my photo site.

 

 

7 responses

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  2. Geno

    I hate when a photographer cuts off the top of a head.

    September 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

    • So be it Geno. I do appreciate it you making time to give me this feedback.
      Allow me to quote the Chinese scholar Confucius, who could still wisely use the top of his head for in his time, there were no photographers around cutting it off: “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

      September 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  3. Excellent… I love how you’ve captured every facial detail…

    September 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  4. g

    Dear Dutchinaman: Sorry. “Hate” was a poor choice of verbiage. Please allow me to restate my case…… I love your photography. Seriously. You’ve captured some wonderful imagery that transports me to another place. In my selfishness, I wish to see the entire person. Not just 2/3 or 3/4 of their faces. That’s just my way. I didn’t intend to erroneously slap you with my thoughtless comment. Forgive me, and please, please. . . . keep shooting.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  5. Beautiful !!! 🙂

    September 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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