Photographer's Note

One of the more interesting aspects of Chinese life is the way they love to have their photo's taken. And of course the development of the pocket sized digital has made this activity even more convenient.

It seems that they have to be in every photo that they take, I think its not so much about the place but showing everybody that they had been there. You rarely see a Chinese take a photo of some particular point of interest without someone they know being in the picture.

The poses can be interesting too, but the standard one is standing straight in front of the camera giving the two fingered victory salute. They are absolutely fanatical about having their picture taken.

The worst thing is when you are visiting some popular tourist spot, and there are a lot of tour groups around taking group shots. They can't just take one photo, no, they all have to have their group picture taken on "their camera" which could be as many as 20 or 30. So sometimes I have to wait patiently to get in and to get my shot, while the tour guide takes 20 or 30 photos with 20 or 30 cameras.

With this shot I was with a small group of 8 visiting Heng Mountain in Hunan Province, and these two charming ladies (they were aunt and niece) spent the whole time taking pictures of one another. They didn't take a shot of anything unless one of them were in it. However their poses were a little more creative than usual.

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