Guizhou . 2008

Guizhou is a mountainous province in SouthWestern China and home to China's many minority groups including the Miao and Yao tribes. These photographs are taken from a short trip to understand the Miao culture - their people, their music, and their incredible folk dances.


 Miao women performing a traditional folk dance to welcome travellers to the village.

Miao women performing a traditional folk dance to welcome travellers to the village.

 A young Miao boy who warmed up to me as I approached him with my camera...

A young Miao boy who warmed up to me as I approached him with my camera...

 Took me a little while but eventually he realised I'm just enjoying his company.

Took me a little while but eventually he realised I'm just enjoying his company.

 Gorgeous natural daylight for some truly beautiful black and white tones...

Gorgeous natural daylight for some truly beautiful black and white tones...

 Their life is simple and this boy finds so much joy just throwing fallen leaves in the air. This is one of my favourite photographs from the visit.

Their life is simple and this boy finds so much joy just throwing fallen leaves in the air. This is one of my favourite photographs from the visit.

 Whatever gifts - food, candies, drinks that we brought along for the villagers were distributed evenly so that every child had a share of the presents. I realise once they have a Chupa Chups on hand, they tend to be much less resistant to being photographed...

Whatever gifts - food, candies, drinks that we brought along for the villagers were distributed evenly so that every child had a share of the presents. I realise once they have a Chupa Chups on hand, they tend to be much less resistant to being photographed...

 One of the youngest girls that came out to mingle with the crowd. She's constantly under the watch of her mother and is like the other young children, enjoying her occasional treat from visitors.

One of the youngest girls that came out to mingle with the crowd. She's constantly under the watch of her mother and is like the other young children, enjoying her occasional treat from visitors.

 Here she is again... and I do hope she would grow up to be a charming, healthy and beautiful young lady.

Here she is again... and I do hope she would grow up to be a charming, healthy and beautiful young lady.

 The innocence of childhood. Guizhou is one of the poorest regions of China so it's a very warm feeling to see that even a simple stick of lollipop can bring these young ones so much joy. There's so much we in the developed world take for granted and sometimes, I think there's a lot we can experience by seeing how some of the simplest things in life can mean so much to others.    E.L

The innocence of childhood.
Guizhou is one of the poorest regions of China so it's a very warm feeling to see that even a simple stick of lollipop can bring these young ones so much joy. There's so much we in the developed world take for granted and sometimes, I think there's a lot we can experience by seeing how some of the simplest things in life can mean so much to others.

E.L