Blog: At home in Beijing
The Olympics brought all kinds of interesting characters to Beijing. I follow the light and try to capture the shadows that people have been neglected.
Mixed with traditions, the new Beijing is starting a new era with the Olympics.
Beijing – Feel almost like my childhood nickname which always has a special place in my drifting heart. When I walked into the hutong (little alley) where I grew up, my eyes were hungry for flashbacks; my mind was searching for memories and my heart was pounding. A deep breath brought all sixteen years of memories back to me in a flash. Although the hutong has been modified, but the smell of dirty cooking pots mixed with fresh leaves and flowers remain the same, amazingly. The tilted lamp poles, the faded gray paint on the wall, the chipped stone lions and the molded arched roof tiles filled with broken history.
All images were taken with Nikon D3 and 24-70mm f2.8.
- Helena Hau, Imaging Specialist and multimedia journalist working the Olympics for McClatchy Co.
Beijing’s countryside is a great venture for non-typical tourists. Ancient tombs, rocky mountains, fresh market, local restaurants with homegrown vegetables, poultry and fish…
A photo journal documents everyday life in Beijing, China. Follow my footsteps, and explore the heart of my hometown.