These are from a village festival I went to. The costumes, music and dancing were amazing but I seemed to attract just as much attention being perhaps the first westerner to visit this remote place. The kids look great in their traditional costumes and the parents were keen to have them photographed.
Some more photography that I made in Guangxi Province in China last year. I had intended to exhibit these, perhaps I still will, but moving home and business has kept me too busy recently. The move and catching up with work meant I missed out on going to again China this Winter so instead I am looking back at last year’s visit.
While in China I have made the time to continue to explore its more remote rural areas and people. Guangxi region in addition to its famous beauty, is a treasure-trove of ancient traditions and culture. There are countless ethnic groups proudly continuing their local customs. Each minority group has their own traditional costume which varies from village to village and many country people continue to wear them daily. At festivals and on special occasions they have more dressy versions with bright colours and detailed metal headdresses.
Rather than being a time machine into an ancient world you can see the modern world has become integrated into traditional Chinese life. It is both sad that the old traditions are being lost and cheering that progress is beginning to reach these distant inland villages and living standards are starting to improve.
This process of change makes me thankful to have the opportunity to see and record both the old and the new colliding in this unique Chinese way.