One of the enjoyable things about returning to my home town is to see my grandpa. He is a very kind, optimistic old man who appreciates every little thing in life. Even a simple meal, such as this one, makes him very happy. Life has never been easy for him. The peace and affluence of his life today is something he always dreamed about. No wonder he looks as happy as a king!
I was so happy to capture another side of my friend and fellow pbase photographer, Kal Khogali, at the party celebrating the launch of his first book, "Beyond the Seen". The Kal I usually see, always has a camera before his eyes. He moves ever so quickly. His eyes are so sharp that he usually makes his images before people even realize he has photographed them, and before other photographers can even begin to recognize the significance of the moment. I shot this just before Kal made a brief speech about his book. For once, he seems to be responding to a moment reflectively, instead of intuitively. Congratulations, Kal -- I hope this is the first of many more books of photographs to come.
A month after photographing this woman, I brought her some prints. She was surprised to see me, and even more surprised to see her pictures. She was so pleased with the pictures that she couldn't keep herself from smiling all the time, just like a little girl having her first candy bar. She talked to me in a local dialect. I couldn't understand a word of it. I talked to her in Mandarin, and she just smiled back to me. I realized that we might never understand each other's words, yet the trust, care and connection between us went well beyond words.
The purest things in the world are children's hearts. Nothing can hold back a child's excitement. This is just such a moment.