There's a Wall in China



Mutianyu or Badaling, rural Beijing Province, People's Republic of China
October 2001
see note

Corn, Corn, Corn!



Rural Beijing Province, People's Republic of China
October 2001
see note

The People's Car



Rural Beijing Province, People's Republic of China
October 2001
see note

A note on the China photos

These China pictures were all taken on a 1-week bike ride around Beijing Province (an area rather smaller than the UK, but it is big enough that much of the province is still rural and not dominated by the city) rasing money for Mencap, in October 2001. They're the only photos I have from China, because although I went back for a much longer trip through more of the country in November 2002, I lost all the photos I had from then when my camera was stolen, and I didn't get a new camera until Hong Kong. It's a shame, partly because it's an absolutely fascinating country, but mainly because of some technical issues with the photos I do have.

The camera I had back in 2001 was not very good. Prior to getting interested in photography in 2000 or so, I hadn't even owned a camera (unless you count the Polaroid SX-70 that I had stored away years earlier and forgotten about) since I was a teenager. So when digital cameras were still something of a novelty, I bought one without knowing anything about the optics, on a purely technical specification. It wasn't such a terrible camera, but each one I've owned since has been progressively better. Add this to my lack of experience with photography (hopefully as I gradually put my old pictures online you'll be able to see some kind of progression, though I still have much to learn), and the raw photos were not as good as they could have been. Then, to make things worse, I compressed these quite a lot in order to store several hundred on a small memory card, and then when I procesed them on my home computer (something else I'm getting better at with experience) I didn't have the sense to keep the originals, so I'm stuck with any decisions I made in processing these 4 years ago.

The upshot of this is that these pictures are in no order whatsoever, some of them are not very sharp, and the colours are sometimes quite badly off. To me, a lot of them look like stills from early colour movies—the colour is slightly too brash, and the definition not quite there—and while it's not such a terrible look it is noticeably different from the newer pictures I've been posting. It's a shame, because when I see strange-looking pictures of somewhere unfamiliar, I like to have a reference point so I can understand what the place really looks like.

To that end, the reason I've written this spiel is that not all of the strangeness is an artefact. When the colours are too bold, blame the tools. When the colours look washed out, or there's a yellow or pink haze in the sky, or everything looks dirty, that was probably the raw material, especially if it's in an urban setting. I have never seen anywhere else as obviously, disgustingly polluted as Beijing. Gary, Indiana doesn't even come close. That yellow haze is just the visible smog.

Dawn



From the balcony, CMH Bobbie Burns lodge, British Columbia, Canada
March 12th 2005

Hurry!



CMH Bobbie Burns lodge, British Columbia, Canada
March 11th 2005

Alone with the mountain



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Photo Friday: Tiny



Monkville, Westland, South Island, New Zealand
March 22nd 2003
context

noted elsewhere

In the dust



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Tracks



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

My dad



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Chillin



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

[from the restaurant]

Taxi!



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Airport construction



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Photo Friday: Glow



Bonfire Night, Lewes, East Sussex, UK
November 5th 2001
context

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

noted elsewhere

Hanging in the air



CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Whispering Pines



Waiting for the helicopter, CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

Don't look down



From a landing site, CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

The Most Beautiful Restaurant in the World



Selkirk Mountains (I think), CMH Bobbie Burns ski area, British Columbia, Canada
March 10th 2005

This is where I've been for the past week. Thankyou Melinda for keeping the site fresh.

Guest Post 6



Great Court, The British Museum, London, UK
August 18th 2004

Guest Post 5



Meeting room level, Central branch of the Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington, USA
January 22nd 2005

Guest Post 4



Other tourists, Mont Saint Michel, Normandy, France
November 4th 2004

Guest Post 3



Hiking in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, USA
July 2003

Why, no, it doesn't just rain all the time out there.

Guest Post 2: Turnabout is fair play!



Chicago, Illinois, USA
February 13th 2004

Since Eldan has included so many pictures of me in this blog, I figured I ought to post one of him. This shot seemed to be the most fitting.

Guest post 1



Tulips, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, Ohio
May, 2002

For those of you who don't know me (Most of you probably do, since there have been quite a few pictures of me in here), I'm Eldan's fiancée, and I have volunteered to guest-photoblog while he is away. I'm not as much of an avid photographer as he is, but I do enjoy taking pictures.

Bad idea



Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK
Summer 2000

The bad idea, in case you were wondering, was trying to ride a bike down that path.