When I went to China, I had a vision in my mind of a type of photograph I wanted to make.
The vision came from my childhood. When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I had a friend named Elaine who was Chinese. I think her and her sister were the only Chinese people in the school at the time.
Elaine was the only person I ever knew who had to go to school after school. She had to do her Chinese lessons at home.
I remember going to her house a few times to see if she could come out to play, but she hadn’t finished her Chinese lessons yet. I would quietly wait in the hallway, peeking around the corner and watching her make astonishingly complicated letters with a brush. And I would look at the paintings.
Over 40 years later, I remember those paintings.
Isn’t it amazing how exposure to art at such an early age can impact a person?
These are a selection of my images from Huangshan China, the Yellow Mountains, processed in Lightroom to mimic my memory of those paintings.
I hope you enjoy them!
I usually process my images in a singular fashion only taking into account each image on its own. But this time I wanted to create a collection of images that worked together as a group and had a similar look and feel.
I played with the colours forever to get it just right, saved my settings as a Lightroom preset, and then applied the preset to the other images. Then if it wasn’t quite right on one of the others, I would play with the settings some more, and once again apply the new preset to the other images. I must have done that a dozen times before I was satisfied with the result. I’ll probably still play with it some more!