Old Man River (Yangshuo, China)

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Got to meet somewhat of a celebrity. Mr. Huang, 86, is the face of the Yangshuo area. The former fisherman now spends his day in costume, dressed up like the fishermen of old, as his main source of income. I got to take photos of him on 2 different occasions. That's why there's also a shift in color.
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Neat shots! I missed him when I was in Yangshuo... It was raining cats and dogs and he was not out. What a shame - this was one sequence that I wanted to bring back from China...
 

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Neat shots! I missed him when I was in Yangshuo... It was raining cats and dogs and he was not out. What a shame - this was one sequence that I wanted to bring back from China...
It was a grey stay when I was there. Very little to shoot. I didn't get a chance to take a picture from one of the mountains because it was too cloudy. I was able to find him and take a couple of shots by pure coincidence. He made the trip to be honest.
 

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Interesting bit of information. Although the images found online are wonderful, weren't aware that these days, they are staged and he's in costume.
Nonetheless, they are still awesome portraits with a spectacular backdrop. Nice job.
 

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I guess they might be making more money with tourism then fishing... I think it is similar in villages next to the national parks in SW US...

I read this article while back:
https://petapixel.com/2019/03/18/the-winning-photo-of-the-120k-hipa-prize-was-apparently-staged/

Interesting bit of information. Although the images found online are wonderful, weren't aware that these days, they are staged and he's in costume.
Nonetheless, they are still awesome portraits with a spectacular backdrop. Nice job.
 

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Interesting bit of information. Although the images found online are wonderful, weren't aware that these days, they are staged and he's in costume.
Nonetheless, they are still awesome portraits with a spectacular backdrop. Nice job.
Yeah, there are a couple of these guys who come dressed, paddle around and one takes pictures of them. Modern machinery has taken this type of fishing out of the waters. However, it is still part of the history of this village.
I wouldn't say I staged it, but more that he was there doing his thing and I took photos of him doing his thing.
 

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Yeah, there are a couple of these guys who come dressed, paddle around and one takes pictures of them. Modern machinery has taken this type of fishing out of the waters. However, it is still part of the history of this village.
I wouldn't say I staged it, but more that he was there doing his thing and I took photos of him doing his thing.
Not meant to accuse you of anything not authentic. Life is but a stage!
Just reflecting back on past images seen of the same region and community. It's a romantic belief that actual everyday life was so wonderfully captured. Now to discover it isn't so. That's all.
 

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They are great pics, and this guy does a great job of portraying history. Does he make a living from this?
 

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Not meant to accuse you of anything not authentic. Life is but a stage!
Just reflecting back on past images seen of the same region and community. It's a romantic belief that actual everyday life was so wonderfully captured. Now to discover it isn't so. That's all.
I gotcha. 😉 Life is but a stage, and we are all just playing our part. 😂
 

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The quote from Shakespeare is "All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players..." and it continues on from there into a rather cynical explanatory monologue.
 

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