Photography at Houhai Lake, Beijing

Quote for the day:  “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

Song for the day: Complicated – Bon Jovi

On Sunday, a group of us went on a photography walk-about with the talented Lukas Birk. The idea was to pick a theme and spend 6 hours walking around Houhai Lake, photographing whatever fits your theme. We would practise aperture and shutter speed settings (yes, I still don’t know what I’m doing).

Houhai Lake is situated in central Beijing and is surrounded by little restaurants, bars and old hutongs. There are a lot of renovations going on in the area and I understand the need for it as many of the buildings are literally falling apart. However, even though the same color tiles and building styles are used, the shiny newness of completed structures just didn’t compete with the weathered age of their neighbours.

(Why am I suddenly thinking about plastic surgery?)

I was very determined to stick to my theme of  ‘colors and textures’, but was quickly distracted by the many great opportunities for photos, especially portraits. Not only that, but I could also see a little story behind each and every photo. I would walk around, making up stories and trying to remember it, so I could write it down when I got home.

No, I am not mad (she says while the bunny is boiling …).

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