I’m still alive! And I bear good news…

I know, I know, it’s been quite a while since my last post, and some of you may have been wondering if the Chinese government had finally had enough of this foreign dissident and done away with me for good! Well, the truth is far less interesting than that…

Alone in Guangzhou A quick snapshot of stillness and peace or isolation and loneliness (depending on how you view it) snapped here in Guangzhou during my online absence.

One major reason for my absence online is that the big wigs in Beijing have been choosing a new leadership. Anytime any major event occurs in China – particularly one with political implications as was the case this time – control tightens and the internet slows to the pace of a pot-smoking snail. Not only has the internet been slow, but none of the VPN programs I use to access such offensive websites as Facebook and WordPress – which are blocked by “The Great Firewall of China” for the obvious threat of peril they pose to society – have been working. So I’ve been rendered completely unable to access my blog at all. Another loss Chinese netizens suffered this week has been the New York Times website, after they published an article about the almost $3billion of wealth amassed by the family members of Chinese leader Wen JiaBao during his term.

Anyway, before the strong internet control, I was busy for a much more positive reason…

…something I’m very excited about…

It’s early days yet, but it seems that early next year…

I will have my first photographic book published!

I’m not talking a self-published Blurb book – this is the real deal! I have been working on a photographic book based on my social exploration in Guangzhou’s urban villages with none other than T&G Publishing. If you’re not familiar with T&G, they specialise in photography books and have published for the likes of Lewis Morley, Magnum photographer Martin Parr, and Max Pam, whose book Atlas Monographs (published by T&G of course) took out the coveted Best Photography Book Prize (International Category) during PHotoEspana in 2010.

I am quite excited about the upcoming book, as T&G are known for the exceptional quality of their books. The thing that most impressed me when I met Gianni Frinzi – the driving force behind T&G – was his passion for promoting Australian photography to the world, and the depth of his commitment to producing the finest quality product possible. These are the kind of people you dream of working with, and I know my images are more than safe in T&G’s hands!

Check out T&G Publishing’s website here. A couple of their books that I especially like are Paul Blackmore’s At Water’s Edge and Human Negotiations by Katharina Hess & Lara Day.

Aside from spending some time with Gianni and battling with China’s manic blocking efforts over the past few weeks, I’ve also been spending some time out shooting.

I visited an urban village in the east of Guangzhou called Tangxia village, which I had previously never encountered. I will be creating a new post featuring some of the slices of alley life I captured there very soon…

Stay posted!

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