Jeffrey’s Most Published China Photograph THEN…An Improbable Award NOW


1978-2011: Jeffrey began working in China in the late 1970’s soon after he bought his first Nikon FE camera. By now, it probably won’t surprise you that it was an improbable moment that launched him on this first trip to the Middle Kingdom (a story which I will share with you at a later time).

Over the course of three decades and 66 trips, Jeffrey photographed everything from bound feet and Mao jackets to discos and the Democracy Movement to peasants and minorities in remote regions (like this little Bai girl on the right) to China’s massive economic explosion.

Just for fun, this week I thought I’d try something new..take a look at the eight images below and guess which is Jeffrey’s most published photograph of China?

Leave your guess in the comment section of THIS POST and later in the week you will hear the answer, along with the improbable story of how he created this image.

Photos of rice paddies in Sichuan, China

A) A farmer tends his rice paddies in Sichuan Province

Photo of the Shanghai Opera backstage

B) Backstage at the Shanghai Opera

Photo of Moxibustion

C) A Chinese traditional medicine treatment called moxibustion

Photo of Democracy Movement

D) The Democracy Movement in Tiananmen Square

Photo of Shanghai Ballet

E) Ballerinas at the Ballet Wu School in Shanghai

Photo of a monk in Muli, China making tea at a monastery

F) A monk preparing tea at a remote monastery in Yunnan Province

Photo of McDonald's in Beijing, China

G) Ronald McDonald getting the cold shoulder in Beijing

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H) A young boy dressed as a Little Emperor in Beijing’s Forbidden City

A hint for you: As Confucius once said, “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”


SEPTEMBER 2011: By now it is more than apparent that my life has been a series of improbable moments. Well, here’s another one to add to the mix.

My blog has been up and running for a total of 14 days and it has just been honored with a Liebster Blog Award! Did I mention improbable?

Liebster Award GraphicLiebster means “friend” or “beloved” in German, and this honor is meant to bring recognition to quality bloggers who have a following of less than 200 people.

Stunned would be the best word to describe my reaction to this award. Grateful, humbled, appreciative, and giddy are other words.

Thank you to Samantha Stacia and Nancy MacMillan, two of my fellow bloggers, for nominating me for this award. It means a lot. Samantha writes The Blooming Late Journal and Nancy writes Blog of a Vet’s Wife.

As part of this award, the recipient is asked to pay it forward by nominating five other bloggers for this honor. Below are my nominations for the next Liebster Blog Award. I’m not sure how many followers each has, but their blogs are worth checking out:

Traci Green at Author Exposure

Stephey Baker at Marked by the Muse

Two hip chicks at LOVEMikana

Lori Robinson at Africa Inside

Drea McClarty at Two Motivate

Thanks again to Nancy and Samantha for their nominations…and happy reading to the rest of you.


26 thoughts on “Jeffrey’s Most Published China Photograph THEN…An Improbable Award NOW

  1. Hmmmm, Ronald McDonald? I remember sending out A,C,F,G, & H. Which one the most. Not sure. My favorite is H. He’s Irresistible!

  2. All I can say is that the first time I saw the Sichuan fields photo I thought “I want that in my house so I can see it every day.”

    • Ah, heck, is this how you write on the blog? Seriously taking me a few senior moments to get to this point… and you actually have TWO votes for the R. McDonald, dis’d by the dude smoking next to him. The irony of that picture is waaaayyyy too big to not get a few awards…

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