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Finding the Picture with Brooks Jensen

Finding the Details of Interest

This entire village on the Chinese island prefecture of Hainan is a cultural center / theme park complete with stage performances, gift shops, and snack bars. I wandered up the stairs in one building and found myself alone in an open space and lots to photograph. The room was interesting, so I started with that — but I have to admit that it is a bit of an "establishing shot." There is too much to see, and in photographs like this I think it leaves the viewer sometimes wondering what they are supposed to be looking at.

This is an ideal example of how a few images with details can do a better job of telling the story than one shot that tries to say too much. I turned my attention to the details of their hunting culture I found in the room and like these images a lot more than the wider shots. Think "Seeing in SIXES" type of project.

The end of this story is a bit embarrassing, but funny even if it is at my expense. In wandering upstairs, I had left my translator below and thought she knew where I had gone. Some thirty minutes or so later, she found me upstairs still photographing. She then explained that this was not part of the public space and was, in fact, someone's home. There was a sign at the foot of the stairs in Chinese that stated entry into this area was forbidden. We turned to leave, but about then, a woman came through the door and was not happy to see us there. Through my translator, I apologized and asked if she would like to see some of the pictures I had made. When I showed her the images on my camera, she was very happy and told me I could photograph there as long as I wanted. I returned a bit later with a large bag of tea as a gift and left with a great memory in spite of my unintended trespass.

Tech data:

Panasonic G2 using a Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom lens. ISO 800. Various exposures to 1/4 sec using a tripod.