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.