This is my second time visiting this massive and diverse country. I came here to see the birth of my brothers child and to reinvent myself. Follow me through the process.
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The Perfect Storm; In a window that double reflects everything a cool thing happened. 3 girls walked by pushing bikes making for a perfect storm and seemingly endless tripped out bikes
The Sad One; Im pretty sure this monkey was abused. Poor fella.
Looking at the small picture
The twig that wanted to be a tree
The one time i used my tripod
The Lucky shell; I went out wandering and when i took my first shot at a photo i realized i left my CF card at home...i was so sad. That day i had to walk around with a camera that didnt do me any good. i found this shell on the ground and i decided to take it home with me. It was the one thing i could salvage on my trip. Im saving it for my friend Sami.
BAM! Lightning doesnt strike here often. So i was thrilled to see one shoot out here. This was taken from my bedroom window.
Week 9; Babies, Hong Kong, turtle orgies and more. The weather at the end of this week changed from sunny to rainy. The kind of days i enjoy! looking forward to next week. Looking forward to everyday!
Uncle Rocky and Joey; I take a picture of Joey's hand and mine behind it as he lay in his crib. Later in the week Joe would reveal to me how these balled up fists of his managed to sock himself in the face a few times while flailing around.
You know what? i'll go get groceries tomorrow.
Busstop; I kept singing Bus Stop by the Hollies for the rest of the day.
The Salamander pit; Joe took me to a bird park in Hong Kong. While i didnt manage any pictures of birds there were salamanders down here....
Turtler Orgy! The one on the bottom looks happy...
Calligraphy student; Joe practices his Chinese
The Lightning Strike; I feel my dad would of been proud. Most lightning shots i achieve actually look like Lightning. But due to a particular filter i had mounted on my camera i took this shot of lightning mid-day during a storm. It really wasn't that close but it seemed so once the thunder clapped. Since we are in the city the sound of Thunder got trapped in all the streets, alleyways and nooks inside one area and reverberated the roaring sound of thunder as if we were trapped in a bowl of it. It was such a rush! What a moment.
Week 8; I continue to plow along i guess.
Canary Crib; Mama waves around a fake canary above the babies crib on saturday. I wasnt sure why...but then Hope told me she was testing the babies hearing.
Week 7; This was the week that brought home little Joey Jr!!! It was everything unexpected except one thing...i expected it to be the most wonderful situation id ever been through and that expectation held serve. It has seemed to vault me into an almost otherworldy mood. I am photographing like a mad man since his birth.
Joeseph Beckley Li Hau-Koung Mock is born. This little butterball weighed in at 7 and half pounds and was born on March 15th a little after 6. The mother had an all natural birth and the both of them are doing just fine. Uncle Rocky on the other hand has some diaper learning to grasp.
Id seen this man from the 14th floor of the hospital walking back and forth over this trail. I ran down stairs and across the street to get a shot of him in his own little world.
Taken on February 9th; The new year glow.
On Her Feet Again; After a few days bedriddden after the birth Hope walks around tended by her husband Joe.
Hope in the hospital bed she lay in recovered and ready to go Home.
Joeys roomate! Joey (pictured on top) shares a bed momentarily with another child before being wheeled to the bath. In the morning the hospital rounds up all the babies and takes them in for a cleaning.
The Tree That Threw Up Its Leaves In A truck
Taken a few weeks back i finally processed this image taken on Nanshan Mountain.
Stranger Danger. A car drives on the sidewalk. nothing really surprises me much here anymore.
The Vision quest looms as the sun makes its turn
bringing us great fortune in this year we're re-born
we lift up our souls and dangle our feet
high from the perch of last years deceit
the gods carry on and they give us a choice
follow the sound or ignore the grand voice
accepting yourself is reviving yourself which leads to
an enjoyable everything else
"it is what it is" rings out deep inside
not from my heart and not from my mind
my body sighs relief as i feel the hole close
consciously my mind doesnt even know
ive healed and im here, living on strong
the vision quest is upon us, someday at dawn
Little Badass! I heard a banging in the park and it drew me closer. I didnt know it was from this fella
Silence arrives when my footsteps stop
the deafening absence vanishes with rain drops
pattering on leaves and worn out dirt
the silence is lost and far from this earth
the rain stops and the birds chime
singing their songs of rhythm and rhyme
darkness ensues not after long
making me realize silence is never really gone
Always there hidden underground
Always there when there is no sound
Week 6; this will be the last week photographing without baby in our lives :) Cant wait!!!
Little Baby; Joe and Hope feel her belly as baby makes movement
Week 5; A week of walk in the parks.
The Perfect Couple; While walking down the street i ran into this couple that seemingly were the perfect match. I asked to take their picture, hesitant at first they decided it wasnt a problem. I adore them.
The Colorful Calligraphy Artist
Anything could be down there...even Bigfoot.
The Hobbled Man; This man was walking gingerly up the hill and it was clear he didnt have age on his winning side. It was a beautiful thing to me cause i believed he worked all his life and he was left with a limp because of it but he still walks towards a mountain i would assume almost everyday.
Kung Fu Lesson; While talking with Hope we took a break to watch this guy teach these children some Kung Fu skills.
The Spider Flower; There are so many beautiful flowers around the Shenzhen area. This bad boy reminds me of a spider coming out of the flower.
Week 37; Hopes almost due!
Week 4; A productive week 4 features photos of my friend Sean, the eerie abandoned streets of China later night, stops at the museum and photos from my favorite park. It was productive week that featured me shooting everyday, feeling inspired.
Reach out for possibilities maximizing your abilities dont doubt your capability just believe in adaptability its well known and very common to expect change to come so often, wash your hands of regret and remember that you're awesome.
I see a barbaric past before a colorful future
Laundry Day with Ma-ma; I help Hopes mother hang sheets on the top of our apartment complex
Smog Through; The sun shine brights through clouds and a haze of smog on wednesday.
Week 3; Its hard to believe i've been here for only 3 weeks. It seems so much longer. This week was the conclusion of Chinese new year.
Its what I seek everyday; (funny thing about this is this is actually pregnancy tea...but hey. It was delicious.)
Joes Heart; On likely my least favorite day of the year, Valentines day was actually better than expected. It happened to land on the Chinese new year celebration. Pictured here is my brother making a festive heart with a sparkler
As Close as i can get; We went to the bar Cheers, you know...where everyone knows your name? That one. We played pool and darts, pictured here is the closest id get to a bulls eye.
A man looks down at the city of Shenzhen from the top of Nanshan mountain. Ive decided to hike to the top of this mountain once a week.
Down at the courts; After 10 o clock and the majority of the lights shut off signaling us to go home. 1 light remained burning long enough for these two to have a little one on one match.
Week 2; This week i went on a beautiful walk and enjoyed rain soaked days until finally we got one sunny day at the end of the week. Im getting more accustomed to China as you can see in these pictures. This week featured a lot of variety in cut off heads, reflections, self portraits and more shot from the hip.
The Rains a coming; Im a HUGE rain fan and will likely end up living in Washington someday. With that said my ears perked up while everyone elses fell flat when there was word the rains were coming. I decided to climb up to the top of this mountain located behind our house. I met a friendly Chinese girl who offered to share her umbrella with me and walk to the top. The higher we went the more stunning it was. The final result was one of the most beautiful walks ive been on.
The Way Home; Heading back down the mountain on our way home
Here in China coffee isnte really everyones first choice in drink. Burried beneath tea coffee isnt even an option really. Starbucks thankfully is in one of the malls nearby and they sell coffee by the bag. Also thank the angels for whoever gave my brother and his wife a coffee maker. To celebrate the fact i have coffee on hand i took this self portrait of me in the apartment. Casual day of laundry and a fresh cup of joe. What a great feeling.
Walkway Loop; I might begin a project called "In their little world" featuring photographs of people taken from an aerial view like this. Its been really fun seeing people from a different vantage point looking so small in a big world. Its almost like im witnessing God play a video game and we're all in it.
Nothing says Sexy like a sock to the face
Week 1: I touched down here in China and i already sense a growing change from the last time i spent time here. Im less afraid to take more shots, less afraid to photograph strangers and worry about what reaction they might have. Maybe i had a bit of culture shock the first time i came here but something is clearly different this time around. Fellow photographer Spencer Herford told me my work is maturing. That means a lot going forward and i look to build on that.
Lunch in the woods of an industrial zone
A Caves Changing Room; This picture, taken inside a cave, held a strange surprise when i peeked my head in.
The Cranes; This was actually the first image i shot digitally in China. Cranes are often seen up on high buildings showing the peoples relentless pace of building
The Cup of Water Above My Bed
One Legged Lunch; Much like red lobster here in china you can pick and choose what you eat. This one legged bird is an option at the restaurant we were at.
Lady Cane; A lady sits outside an art village
Chinese New Year Lanterns; The Chinese New Year is a big deal here. Unlike New years in the states where its a one and done deal here in China the celebration and decorations last for weeks. The lanterns are scattered all over the city. These ones happen to be right outside the apartment im staying in.
The Band Manager; Lately i've been shooting from the hip, a photography term which means to keep your camera at your side and snap a shot from the hip. Its been quite fun since sometimes you capture something and most the time you miss. This time i happened to capture a man on a cart supporting someone singing in the street nearby.
Power Outage; Taken underneath this big ass power thing