Old China

I found this woman outside the train station in Hangzhou. She was sitting by herself waiting on someone or something. Like most Chinese, she didn’t speak a word of English, and none of my international gesticulations seemed to trigger a response. Except, that is, for the one when I asked if I could take a photo. She nodded happily and sat serenely while I grabbed a shot. I walked on, and turned around to wave. She gave me a little nod.

There are a lot of the older generation in China that I am sure are completely amazed by what is happening of late there. I wished I could have asked her a few questions, but my Mandarin is woefully inept. My 8-year-old son is taking lessons… maybe I’ll have to take him with me next time to act as translator!

Old China (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • I’m TOTALLY digging this pic, Trey. You caught some GREAT depth in her face — those wrinkles and freckles hold a lot of stories for sure.

    Well done, sir. I love a lot of your more dramatic HDR stuff, but pics like this are a great departure from time to time.

  • Thanks Robert… Well I can’t keep everyone happy, but I do try to throw in something different from time to time… glad you like it 🙂

  • very well done, a stunning portrait. I like the black and white, actually the sepia tone of it. I always like seeing your portraits of people. You seem to connect with them in a very special way

  • I could help you with that! I’d like to be your assistant :3

  • like it

  • Tod

    Floods my thoughts with memories of China… Thanks Trey.

  • Deb

    Great portrait! She looks so calm and happy. I LOVE the newsletter, by the way! The photos and the great links to other sites were a sweet surprise! I looked at them all! I even sent it to all my cyber friends so they can be amazed as well.Thank you and keep up the GREAT work!!!

  • Great photo, Trey. You captured all of her character in her face. Can you imagine the live she has lived!!! To bad you couldn’t chat with her, but you can’t speak every language. I know you are smart, but there is that limit of time available to learn so many things 😉 .

  • oops, life she has lived.

  • Barb

    I really like this one.

  • Surreal !!!!! No more words Trey….

  • Thank you

  • AWESOME! I love her face and all the detail.

  • Alex Macnab

    Hi Trey,

    I follow your work everyday. Since you mentioned needing an interpreter, might I point you to my companies website in the US (I work for the UK division). I’m pretty sure you can use their pay as you go telephone interpreter service in your travels. Mobile phone on speaker phone and you get an interpreter in less than a minute in almost any language? http://www.languageline.com
    Also, I have to ask, who no pics of the UK or London. Surely, your travels have taken you here?

  • casusan

    Wonderful shot of her Trey – her face says it all!

  • Pam

    I’d love to know the details of the shot if you’re willing to disclose them. It’s so sharp, and it has that turn of the century quality to it.

    Just awesome!

  • Hi Trey,

    Really like the work you did with HDR, it opened a world of opportunities in my photography.

    But this picture, wow, it projects lots of emotions: serenity, calm, peace…

    Awesome work!

  • great picture, I have already submitted a normal comment and was trying the connect with facebook.

  • Jim


  • Thanks all!

    Alex – I’ve been to the UK twice, but never with my camera stuff… I need to change that, eh?

    Christian, thanks for the FB comment too! 🙂

  • From the picture, I could tell she’s happy. By the way, the B&W makes this picture look peaceful and gorgeous. Nice!

  • Matt

    Hi Trey:

    This is a wonderful portrait. It reminds me of my mother, who is 82 and lives in China now. My mother, like this grandma, does not use ANY cosmetics/hair colorings etc, and I think she is the most beautiful woman in the world. She was born in the late 1920s, and lived through unimaginable changes the Chinese society has witnessed in the last eighty years. She is living a very comfortable life, well taken care of, and extremely content and happy. Thanks again for this.

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