Pingyao, an ancient town in the Shanxi province of China, completely walled, preserved and authentic looking, is home to the yearly Pingyao photography festival where thousands of photographer meet. I visited for 3 days as 2 of my photographs were curated and included in a show there and during the last 2 days, it rained endlessly setting a beautiful mood for photography. I walked and walked, got drenched and took some photos that I will treasure for always.
Flamenco, bull fighting, music, food and of course drink have become staples of the Feria De Agosto in Malaga, Andalusia. A historic festival that has started back in 1491 commemorating the taking of the city by the Catholic monarchs Isabella the first of Castile and Ferdinand the second of Aragon in 1487, it continues till today every August of every year in the streets of the old city. This little boy was dressed up as he rode in the streets of Malaga on the first day of the joyful festivities.
It was the opening act of the summer festival at the German School in Shanghai, the audience filled the seats, my heart was pounding nervously about her dance being the first in the show…I imagined a nervous, shy, hesitant little girl.
And out she came, confident, proud, dancing with all her soul to the rhythm, enjoying every second she had on stage…
They never cease to surprise us our little humans!
The ramblings of a very proud mother…
Fengzheng 风筝 —Kite, was first invented in China as early as 500 BC, and was originally made out of wood, and later out of bamboo and paper.
They have been used for sending messages, distributing propaganda, and even some were large enough to carry people on them for war strategic purposes.
Nowadays, the main purpose of kits is play, and in the case of some photographers, to carry cameras for bird’s-eye views. During a nice day in Shanghai, the kites fill the sky.
Children, adults, old people, all are flying kites. There is even a kite festival in Shandong province in April that I dream of one day attending!
But flight in all forms is so exhilarating to us humans, whether it is brief while on a swing, carried between 2 parents in pretend flight as a toddler, bungee jumping, parachuting, paragliding, pretending to be superman, or having a flying dream; we just wish we could do it.
Maybe part of us on some level can fly…