Today was day two in the schedule for the class at Nankai University in Tianjin and it was jam packed. We had so much material to cover and a very limited amount of time to do it in. The class is wonderful, always polite and friendly. Below are a few photos of the students as they got together to discuss their group presentation and do the first of their tests. Cathy (pictured below), the course administrator, has been a great help with organising the class facilities.
Today, Sunny from Nankai University took me to the Tianjin Museum. The building has five levels and spans 55,000 square meters in floor area. The exhibitions on show were "The Origination of Tianjin Culture", "Selected Rare Relics Collected by Tianjin Museum" and "Tianjin - An Epitome of China in the Past Hundred Years".
Last week I arrived in Beijing to teach a class at Nankai University a subject in the Master of International Relations in Economics and Trade program. Today Nankai University gave me a special treat and organised a tour for the day. Tiffany and Mr Lee took me to see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. We rode the cable car up and walked back down. The walk back was quite a challenge - 10,000 steps up and down steep inclines. When we reached the bottom, Tiffany bought a fan with Chinese blessings written in calligraphy for me and my family. It's a day I won't forget. What a wonderful experience.
It has been a while since I have taken the camera out to do some photography. Steve phoned tonight to catch up and we drove down to Port Willunga to photograph the pylons of the old jetty at sunset. The photos were taken with the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF18-135.
Those that have been following my blog for a number of years would have seen my passion for street photography grow. I find this style of photography very rewarding, particularly when something seen every day is captured in a way that encourages the viewer to appreciate a time and place or discover beauty in ordinary things. However, more than having a passion for this style of art, I think it's both important and necessary. The street photography style pioneered by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson captures daily life and documents history. An example of why this kind of photography is important can be found in Vivian Mayer's photographic works. Her images have recorded some of the most interesting marvels and peculiarities of Urban America in the second half of the twentieth century. Countless photographers across the globe, both professional and amateur alike, capture images of life as it happens. Last night I walked through the streets of Osaka around Ebisu Bridge the Dotonbori Prefecture with the Fujifilm X-T1 and XF35f2 to see what I could capture. What better place to do some street photography than in an area which influenced Ridley Scott's film Bladerunner?
Thirteen years ago I spent three days in Tokyo on my way back from a work trip in Montreal. Last night I was asked to go to Japan with a friend. That night I packed my bags and the next morning I was on a plane to see Osaka, Kyoto and Himeji. After a twelve hour trip we arrived, checked into the hotel and went out to dinner. Although once again this is a brief trip, I certainly plan to make the most of my time here. I'll try to post some photos each night and show you some of the sights.