The People You See in Chengdu

Note: this is the first in a series of photography-focused posts created by American photographer Jake Homovich. 

I’m struck by the characters that I meet every day in Chengdu. They draw me in and hold my attention. They show me a different part of their society that I thought I never have the chance to see. That’s why I decided to start a photography project called Lao Bai Xing (“Ordinary people”): a project that documents the various individuals that I meet though out my daily life in Sichuan.

Though street portraits and images, I hope to bring a more candid light to the people of this city. For me, street photography is the pursuit of capturing the raw moment. It’s an attempt at framing a single piece of history and letting it take on a life of it’s own, and with one glance, anyone can see that Chengdu is a vibrant, and fascinating city with a huge diversity of life to offer. It’s brimming with culture and activity, and the daily bustle that surrounds it’s people forms a riveting story which I seek to capture.

Whenever I go out to shoot, I usually just pick an unfamiliar neighbourhood and see what presents itself. I get purposely lost in the myriad of side streets and back alleys and end up bumping into random people; I’ve met stone masons, bums, artists, butchers, and many more characters. These photos capture those momentary relationships with people I have in Chengdu before we each go our separate ways.

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

Jake H. portrait

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Jake Homovich

About Jake Homovich

Jake is a street photographer from New York who has been living in Chengdu for three years, working an a project capturing portraits of Chengdu's ordinary citizens. Visit his site at jbhphoto.org

One Response to “The People You See in Chengdu”

  1. So expressive! Amazing portraits amazing faces!

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