'Just as distance tests a horse’s strength, time can reveal a person’s heart'. Chinese Proverb
The last day of our photography tour, involved, of course another early start. By Day 4 our body clock was quite accustomed to being disturbed in the early hours of the morning. Today we were destined for North Pan Beach to photograph the colorfully clothed Hui'an women, whom the Beales had engaged. On this day I learned a valuable lesson the hard way. The atmospheric conditions at the beach were windy and humid and my camera and lens did not take kindly to going from a cool environment to a humid one and so a foggy lens ensued. Any attempt by me to remedy the situation failed, forcing me to return to the vehicle and retrieve a 35mm and 50mm prime lens that did not react in such a negative manner. I was thus forced to zoom with my feet.
Hui'an Fishing Women
The traditional dress of Hui'an women is quite distinctive with colourful head scarves, short top and long and loose pants, with a wide belt above them. The Hui'an women are known for their hard work and independence. In doing a little research on these women I came upon a story regarding the strength of these women, which goes something like this: 'In 1958, people needed to keep water urgently to maintain their regular lives and avoid the big floods, but there weren’t enough people to do the work, so all the younger women in Hui'an county united together to participate in this huge project, It’s a 105.8 square meters area, and 126,000,000 cubic meters reservoir, named by Huian Women " Huian Women Reservoir”. Hui'an women are known to do stone carving, fishing, carrying heavy items, and all the other daily work, which is always considered too much for women in the long history of China.'
Photographing these women was delightful and they were very cooperative participants. The images below have been processed using Topaz Studio for an artistic rendering which to me suited the subjects.
Towards the end of the shoot I had the opportunity to capture some up close images of these wonderful women.