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Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

The Beauty of China’s Rice Field Terraces


French photographer Thierry Bornier captures breathtaking landscape photos that highlight the rich splendor of China’s mountains, rivers, and rice field terraces. From the highest vantage point he can climb up to, he points his camera downwards and waits for weather and lighting conditions that are just right before he releases the shutter. His precise care and endless patience pay off, as evidenced by his stunning aerial shots that are filled with vibrant colors, incredible atmosphere, and intriguing hints of storytelling.

Looking at his dazzling images, it’s surprising to learn that Bornier is entirely self-taught when it comes to photography. With an MBA in finance, he spent most of his career working as the Chief Financial Officer for an international fashion company in New York. He ended up in China by chance when he was transferred there by his company eight years ago, but he soon found himself captivated by the land and the culture.

After a photo he had taken (just out of personal interest) was featured as National Geographic’s “Picture of the Day” in 2010, Bornier decided to leave his steady finance job and follow his passion for photography. He told us in an email, “I always felt that I wanted to do something more creative and artistic than finance and accounting, so I made up my mind, bought a new camera, and started to shoot anything in order to understand the concept of photography. Step by step, I improved my skills.” Since then, Bornier taught himself studio photography and has built a career shooting celebrities, fashion spreads, and advertising campaigns in China. These jobs allow him to continue doing what he loves best: venturing into the countryside to photograph spectacular nature scenes as well as local people.

The Yunnan-based photographer gave us some insight on how he captures images that are so gorgeously vivid, they’re almost surreal. Scroll down to read the key elements that go into his work.

STORY

All places I choose to capture must have a story to tell.

MOOD

I love fog and cloudy weather for some of my pictures because they give the place the feeling of a painting. I go during the right season, and sometimes I need to wait until I can capture the mood that I want. I don’t like to take photos of landscapes with a pure blue sky; that’s not my style at all.

LIGHT

The most important element of my photography is lighting. The beautiful landscape is there in front of you—nature did that for you, you didn’t have to do anything. So the next step is how to capture this beautiful landscape. In your mind, you must think through all the possible lighting scenarios and imagine what will create the best fine art photo. It’s that mental image.

SKY

The photographer should never be satisfied if the complete image can’t be captured perfectly. Let’s say your image includes the sky and clouds. I won’t just pay attention to what’s in my foreground and background because they can’t be changed, but the sky will always change from day to day. I consider the sky just as important as the rest of my image, so I will wait for the perfect sky in terms of lighting and clouds. The quality of the clouds is also very important in order to create a real three-dimensional look, making my images appear more like surreal landscapes.

SPIRIT

I believe each photographer should not only use what he sees, but he should also always use his heart and spirit to create something different. The picture is made with your heart, not your camera. Once you understand how to use your camera, I would advise you to focus more on learning how to use your eyes to read the beauty in front of you, and then using your heart to capture it.

To conclude, Bornier told us, “I guess the combination of all of these make my own style and my photos look very beautiful, almost surreal, or like Chinese paintings. But trust me, if you came to one of my workshops, you would see these amazing landscapes in real life because they actually exist and look so beautiful. China is a huge country and has many diverse landscapes. I always feel amazed by this beautiful country.”

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David Beckham | Jaguar Ambassador For China


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Jaguar has announced soccer icon David Beckham will be joining the British manufacturer as a brand ambassador for China. Beckham will become the face of a high-profile marketing campaign, including print ads shot by renowned fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. China is fast becoming Jaguar’s most important and competitive market and the choice of Beckham, arguably the most recognizable British star across the Asian continent. It’s not the Beckham family’s first brush with Jaguar Land Rover. In 2012, Victoria Beckham designed and launched in China a special limited edition Range Rover Evoque at the Beijing Motor Show.

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Savage Grace


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One of the stories of The 10th Anniversary issue of Vogue China all photographed exclusively by Mario Testino,features top Chinese model Liu Wen. She’s posing in super glam dresses and gowns styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele. In the images, Liu wears designs from the likes of Giorgio Armani, Kenneth Jay Lane, Anthony Vacarello and Burberry Prorsum while striking poses alongside a crocodile. Hair by Oribe, Makeup by Serge Hodonou.

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World’s Largest Ultra-High Definition TV


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Measuring 110 inches from corner to corner, Samsung’s latest ultra-high-definition television is the biggest of its kind and arrives just in time for the new year. Samsung promised that it would be launching a gargantuan 110-inch ultra-high-definition television and that it would be hitting the shelves before the end of the year. The TV, which measures 2.6 x 1.8 meters, officially went on sale in China, the Middle East and ‘select’ European territories.  Samsung’s set doesn’t come with precious stones but it does have gesture controls, voice controls, and Samsung’s “Smart Hub,” which gives you access to online content, photos, video, music, and apps. It also has a quad-core processor, and Samsung’s S-Recommendation service, which tracks your viewing habits and makes viewing recommendations over time.

Giorgio Armani Casa Luxury Residence


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Giorgio Armani’s interior design studio Armani / Casa has announced plans to work on its first Chinese luxury residential project in the city of Chengdu. L’Art Residence will be situated in the center of Chengdu and will consist of two 222–meter-high buildings, each containing 65 apartments. The fashion mogul’s brand will work in partnership with the Chinese cultural body Mind Group for the design and development of the project. Each apartment block will feature a heated rooftop swimming pool, whilst the living spaces themselves will be furnished with pieces from the Armani / Casa, Armani / Rocca and Armani / Dada ranges. The apartments will be sold in the second half of 2014. The development period is slated for 2016.

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Casio G-Shock 2013 Holiday “Blizzard White” Collection


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Casio‘s iconic G-Shock line offers a three-piece collection of seasonally apt new colorways for the coming winter holiday. The “Blizzard White” collection sees the GW-8900, GA-100 and GD-X6900 models brandished in stark white-grey with a matte finish — a military inspired choice as it’s originally used for snow terrain camouflage. The white-grey adorns the main bezel of the three, while further applications of military motifs are found on the faces with precise detailing down to the signature red star embellishments. As for functionality, the GW-8900 comes with a multi-band 6 station radio system covering China, US, UK, Germany and two Japan stations, while its Tough Solar program automatically re-calibrates for the accurate time. The GA-100 offers a 1/1000 second stopwatch function, speed measurement recording and maintains magnetic resistance, while the more basic GD-X6900 comes with G-Shock’s classic illuminating and 20bar water resistant perks.

Luxury Songjiang Hotel under Waterfall in China


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Atkins has won an international competition to design a five-star resort hotel set within a beautiful water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China. Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms. The innovative design of 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher that the rock face of the 100 meter deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafes and sports facilities. Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction. An aquatic theme runs through the design both visually and functionality. Two underwater levels will house a restaurant and guestrooms facing a ten-meter deep aquarium. The lowest level of the hotel will contain a leisure complex with a swimming pool and water-based sports. An extreme sports centers for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water level of the hotel.

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