|taken with Fuji x100s|
After hearing Tom Carter interviewed on the Candid Frame podcast however I was intrigued. Here is a guy that didn't just show up with a bag full of DSLR's and lenses and hit the tourist spots. He immersed himself in the culture taking over what he calls 10,000 snapshots with a camera that most of us would disregard.
And it all wasn't done in two weeks of shooting the highlights. Tom spends years travelling to every corner of the country, living and breathing the experience and getting to know the people he points his camera at and it shows in his work.
When I saw the book sitting in the store I couldn't resist and I was rewarded with intimate and amazing photos that really showed off not only a great eye, but a fascinating culture. Tom gets right in there in a familiar sense with his subjects and shies away from distant or highly polished images.
If you ever wonder just how unimportant gear is (this whole book was shot with an Olympus superzoom point and shoot, I can't recall the model) or if you have even a passing interest in China this book should really live on your bookshelf.