Day 20~ June 20th~ Xinjiang

The Uyghur gentleman~ Kashgar

In some parts of the world and with the older generations, being photographed is taken quite seriously. The pose and expression are premeditated in a way that wants to show the world that they are proud of who they are, and I just love that. I remember finding old portraits of my grandmother in shoeboxes where she looked so incredibly elegant, so refined, dressed in the most elegant of clothing and in my mind this is how she lives. I only met her as a very small child and I have no other recollection of her as she lived across the oceans, so these images embody the essence of how she projected herself to the world.

I asked this lovely man to photograph him outside the old teahouse in Kashgar and he agreed but asked me to wait. He positioned the chair where he wanted it, smoothed his coat and placed his folded hands across his knees and only then he gave me the signal to go ahead.

25 thoughts on “Day 20~ June 20th~ Xinjiang

  1. Love him Mimo 🙂 He looks so regal and dignified. i thought your Egypt and Congo series was great, but you have outdone yourself with the present one. Thank you so much for bringing the people of this remote region to us

  2. Green with envy !! WONDERFUL photography in this series. How complicated is it to travel to Xinjiang from the west (Switzerland) ? I’m not crazy about packaged deals …

  3. Great thoughts about posing and the careful presentation of self to the world. I think it must arise, in part anyway, from the old large format studio photography days when everything was set up with props and so on, such a formal process that it would be impossible to be spontaneous even if desired.
    This is a great picture, and I especially like the careful arrangement of the hands and the way he is studying us with his eyes.

  4. Brilliant photo and great description of the pride he took in taking position. I started imagining what it would be like if we all took the same pride and care in our pose. 🙂 Thx!

    1. Yes, I think that when something come so easily like what we have in the digital age, it diminishes in value somehow. Thanks for commenting Jamie

  5. I often wonder how the people from the past would feel about the careless shooting of today? I love this photo. He looks so refined and polished. It is wonderful

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