Where Are You From? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

At a village that’s surrounded by mountains that touch the clouds, we were told to hike up to its El Castillo part (also called Bulnes de Arriba).



The castillo was what we expected to see. But instead, we bumped into him, bucket in hand.

”Where are you from?” Him in Spanish.
”America.” Me with my limited Español. (Side note: To avoid confusion, we’ve long decided to not say we are from Los Angeles in Spanish speaking countries. Go
here and you’ll know why.)

As we turned around the corner after him, we discovered beautiful vista and the happiest chicken in my opinion.

Nonetheless, I sensed a troubled cloud on his forehead somehow.



“Peru?” Finally, he asked, minutes later.
After a few back-and-forth, I realized what he meant - the Peru in the America.
”Oh, no, Estados Unidos.” Me again, putting my best foot forward in Spanish.

Relieved, off he went, leaving us with the chicken, roaming at our will. Until, we realized we had more to learn than things like where we are from - “borrowing” from your neighbors, at free will.

Do you want to know how we figured out it was not her house?



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You Must be a Really Good Photographer - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

We were in the Amazonas village of San Francisco.  While most of the group was occupied by the sugar cane juice squeeze demo, Doc alerted me to a baby girl.  I turned around, our travel mate Michael already assumed position. 

As I raised my camera while seeking optimal angle, I heard Michael's comment, "Jean, you must be a really good photographer.  The baby just smiled for you".  Oh yeah, that's right, the baby smiled, and then laughed, and then laughed really hard.  All of sudden, baby D2 popped into my mind, the 6-month fresh baby that I photographed almost 5 years ago.  

On the day that I met baby D2, he was woken up by grandma from a nap.  Therefore, he was not supposed to be very happy.  But as the photo session progressed, D2 laughed at every word that I said, or what seems to be every noise that I made.  Needless to say, the session was a great success, and the grandma deeply relieved.  At the end, she said, "Jean, you are like a baby whisperer in photography (as opposed to the famous Dog Whisperer in a different profession)".  

Judging from lack of teeth, this baby is at 6-month of age the most.  Throughout my career, it has been an amazing feeling to be connected to these (very) young human co-habitants of earth.  Maybe, underneath my skin, there's a pre-teeth baby hiding? 

On this trip, Peruvian babies/children stole my heart.  More on that later...



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Peaceful Little Village being Brought back in Fine Art Photography - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

They say photographers like to travel.  I'm no exception.  And when designing the itineraries, the choices of locations are largely revolved around whether there are photographic opportunities. I've longed for a visit to the ancient village of Hongcun, China, one that was founded in the Southern Song Dynasty (about AD. 1131-1162), with a history of about 900 years.  This village was touted for its water system that runs through all residents and provides daily water usage.

At the heart of the village is the Moon Pond, which is surrounded by houses and ancestral temples.  As a person being immersed in the facilities of a modern country like the US, it's amazing to watch residents of the village carry on their daily lives by the water, starting early in the morning washing clothes.

This image was taken in front of an ancient residence, exemplifying the traditional architectural style of the area and the little village life.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

This image would make a beautiful decoration to your home, bringing peacefulness to your daily life, when processed on a piece of aluminum (i.e., metal print).  Please contact me if you are interested in more details.

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For more information about the amazing Hongcun and the surrounding area, please visit my travel blog.