A Day at the Opera (Liuzhou Style)
I hardly noticed the Labor Day holiday. After having to put so much “stuff” on the back burner over the past few weeks, I’ve become a man on a mission as I try my best to get caught up with everything and everybody. I did finally make it out with the camera for a few hours Sunday afternoon. I walked over to Yu Feng Park and it was… amazing. The opera troupe was there, performing on the main stage to a large and appreciative holiday crowd. As usual, I was treated like royalty. Lovely Mrs. Wang escorted me “backstage” where she deposited me on my customary pink plastic stool and I got right to work. I have become a familiar face by now. So much so that the old ladies, both the performers and those in the crowd, are comfortable peppering me with questions while force-feeding me peanuts, bananas, and traditional buns filled with “stuff”. I don’t much like the “stuff”. The shooting conditions were just about perfect. It was sunny, but the light was filtered by huge leafy trees surrounding the stage . It was the kind of light photographers dream about. So, without further ado, please allow me to present the stars of the show…
The Stubborn Sister
The Timid Sister
The Empress Dowager
Some of you may remember that I am working on a photo documentary featuring this group, to read more about that just click here. This is probably the final shoot with these guys before the piece is published in June. I’ll share these performance portraits here today and post more from this session soon. I had a blast yesterday. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them.
So, like I said, a lot of progress in the last few days as far as getting caught up. There is still a lot to do but I am actually believing now that I’ll get it all done (I was having my doubts). Until next time, back to work!
~ by Expatriate Games on May 5, 2009.
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