In April of 2013, I spent an unforgettable three weeks creating images while travelling on trains, buses and rafts from Shanghai to Beihai--a small fishing village on the Gulf of Tonkin. On the way I passed through Guilin, Yangshuo, Liuzhou, and Nanning, met an extrordinary number of great folks, and ate local food at every opportunity.
I am cultural vagabond, hitching my way through the assorted jungles that cover our planet, learning where possible, writing when compelled, imbibing when called on and, when struck on the head by a particularly nasty muse, taking photographs. A bit about me the photographer... My first camera (a Zeiss Contaflex III system) didn't have a light meter; so, my father gave me a Gossen Sixtomat Color Finder (I was 11). I still love shooting with that camera! Dad had a professional darkroom in our house and I spent hours playing, and learning, creating. I slid away from shooting during the 2000s as the age of film was dead and I was pulled to the written word. Times have changed and now digital is every bit as powerful as film ever was--and Lightroom is the new Darkroom (though, I do miss the assorted darkroom aromas).
Ian McGregor Heslop Published October 01, 2013