I received a picture request this week from a client for images of golf in China. While I was searching through my archive, I stumbled upon this image that I took in 2006, just after I arrived in Beijing for my second time. The image was taken on Beijing’s main Wangfujing high street, which is one of the city’s shopping districts, popular with visiting tourists, both Chinese and foreign.
Many photographers use the approach of first searching for a backdrop, in order to create a picture. They wander, they look, constantly searching for a background that will serve as almost a ‘stage’ for which they will wait until the passing ‘actors’ all fall into place. That is exactly the approach I took with this photograph. Upon seeing this advertising hoarding, with the huge figures of Yao Ming and Tiger Woods looming over the shopping street, I knew it would make an interesting composition, if I was able to work the moving elements of the pedestrians into the frame too. So, I sat and I waited. Waiting for all the ‘actors’ to pass by and fall into place.
I enjoy the symmetry of this photo, how the passing pedestrians form almost a triangle in the bottom portion of the frame and the figures of Woods and Yao Ming stand like pillars to either side, helping to frame the photograph.
“All the world’s a stage, And all men and women are merely players. They have their exits and entrances.” – As You Like It – Shakespeare