Photographer's Note

It might be just another photograph of a Chinese migrant worker. Might be but, personally speaking, I like this picture a lot. When I look at it, I wonder about many different things and ask myself a lot of questions.

What was his name? I don't know... Might be "Li", "Wang", "Zhao", "Xiu", "Zhang"... Probably one of the standard names of contemporary Chinese. He's like 40 years old, as far as I can guess... so younger guys would call him "Lao Wang" or "Lao Li" ("Old Wang" or "Old Li"), maybe "Wang Ge" ("Brother Wang").

Where is his home? I could bet that he's either from poor central provinces of China, like Henan or from Sichuan. Sichuan migrant workers are called "Sichuan Labour Army" sometimes because there's so many of them, all around China.

As far as I am concerned, this guy could be a prototype, he could make a perfect sample of a Chinese migrant worker. Smoking, skinny, wearing a dirty, dilapidated suit (no, it's not Sunday or a festival day, a lot of Chinese workers work in such clothes). If I ever were to make a Chinese Migrant Workers Clone Army, I'd take him because he fits into my "picture" of such person so well...

Who was he, I do not know... I am happy that I could take a picture of him though. When I'm back home and have access to my darkroom, I'm going to make a huge print of this picture, like 30x40, put it in a frame and hang it on a wall.

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Taken with Praktica MTL 5B film camera with Prakticar 50mm f/1.8 lens on FOMAPAN film. As for development I don't remember but it might be either Ilford's developer od Kodak's ID-11 because back then when I was using Praktica I wasn't using AGFA Rodinal yet. Scanned from B&W negative using Nikon Coolscan V ED scanner. Adjusted a bit (levels, resize & sharpness), added a frame.

*** Sharpening hint **

I've noticed that a lot of pictures appear much softer on TrekEarth comparing to what they look like in photo editing software or on my flickr gallery. Therefore I think it's generally good to oversharpen the picture just a little bit and it will look better here. Do you guys have similar feeling?

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