People: Pixelventures Photo Challenge

This week’s theme over at Bastet’s Pixelventures is PEOPLE. I have snapped some interesting pics of people here in Shanghai and when travelling around Asia. The hard part was narrowing it down to the most interesting and ones you hadn’t seen before. One of my favourite pictures of PEOPLE was posted here for Juxtaposition & Surprise back in January.

Monks at Angkor Wat

Monks at Angkor Wat

This first picture was taken on our trip to Cambodia. Inside the Angkor Wat complex you will often see Monks dressed in the bright orange. I decided to post this one because they were just like the rest of us tourists smiling at the photo they had just taken with their camera. It also shows a variety of other tourists who come from all over the world to see the Angkor Wat complex.

Picnic in the Park

Picnic in the Park


I have posted similar pics of this before, but this one is clearer and up close. When local Chinese go to a park they often take small tents to provide cover and shade. Sometimes the grass will be covered with tents and blankets. With so many living in apartments warm spring weekends often draw out everyone and they descend on the local parks.


Little Red Riding Hood is that you?

Little Red Riding Hood is that you?


OK I really am stumped with this one. A few times I have seen younger Shanghainese walking around dressed up like in costume. I am not sure if this is part of the Japanese phenomenon of dressing like animated characters or something else. Last spring we went to Shanghai Botanical Gardens and we ran into the lone girl dressed like Little Red Riding Hood basket and all. We did a double take and said   什么 (Shénme  – WHAT???)



These last 2 are typical sites as the older way of moving things still lives on. Small electric trike bikes or bikes with a trailer are often piled high with recycled material, small animals in crates, large bottles of water or other things to be sold. The first bike is either someone moving items, or old broken and unwanted items being collected. The second one has a pile of wood with the wife along for the ride. When we first arrived some of these piles would be well over 5 feet high. Now the police crack down on these unsafe heights.

These are my example of people. Check out Bastet’s Pixelventures for more examples.

Hit the OLDER POST button to see some examples of Letters and PEOPLE from yesterday’s post.

Stay Tuned…

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19 thoughts on “People: Pixelventures Photo Challenge

  1. This is a beautiful collection, and I must admit that I think that the Buddhist monk with the camera is too cool!

  2. Freda Goulet

    A very interesting collection of photos…I, too, enjoyed the contrast of ancient and modern in the photo of the Buddhist monk with the camera. As I said before, Diana, you have an eye for unique photos.

    • It was something I found unexpected and it made me giggle. Who knew monks were just like tourists? SO I had to snap away. Its not the best photo, but maybe the most unique?

  3. Love this…especially the monk with a camera. When i went to the Thai New Year’s festival with my two Thai students i saw a monk there snapping away happily…it really made me smile

  4. I was thinking of your photos and Bastet’s ‘people’ challenge this weekend. I didn’t have the nerve to take the photos but… 3 “Red Coats” (British soldiers from 1912-ish) were gathered around a parking meter trying to figure out if they had enough coins. Then later… 3 British militia were eating at the table next to us in one of Canada’s oldest pubs!

    • Oh I sometimes don’t have the nerve either, but then sometimes I just have to go for it… especailly if it is THAT funny! (its like they are asking for it 😉 )

  5. An exciting series of unique images of people at various places and events. The last two shows the ingenuity and creativity of people in means of transportation and carrying things. In so many countries, they don’t need huge pickups or SUV’s to carry heavy items. They make do of what they have. Great post!

    • Thanks so much I.T. Yes the economic growth of China was fast, but not for everyone. Many people are still using old ways to get the job done. Thinking of your comment it made me think of Cuba… they also make do and recycle what they have due to lack of funds or availability. I guess many places in the world still do that. It is something I honour and appreciate since we often have it too easy. My parents had to work hard and instilled that in us. We didn’t always get what we wanted. Some children I see today who didn’t see that and can have anything don’t always appreciate that as much. As a result they sometimes act spoiled, but I guess it is what they are used to.
      Thanks so much for the comments.

  6. Laura Bloomsbury

    some intriguing captures of people who do not seem to have noticed the camera! especially like the group with poodle

    • Well so many cameras were around I am sure I am in lots of pics too 😉 I have become a little sneaky too… and sometimes bold and just snap it. There are some things I think no one will believe, or it is too funny, so I must take the picture.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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  8. Hello there, i entered the pixelventures to so stopping by what a fab picture, i used to see the monks in sri lanka it brings back memories for me seeing this x

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