As odd as it may sound, this first image is one of my most favorite images I have ever taken outside of my kids. I love how it makes me feel. How it makes me think. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have pondered the life of this woman, who lives in a small village outside Nanning, Guangxi Province. She was selling something - I'm not every sure what it was - next to all the others that sell their fresh produce and meats that are brought in daily. How many years has she done this? How old is she? What has her life been like? Does she have children? Do they still live in the village? In a small village that has the appearance of such extreme poverty, how long and hard has she worked to earn the gold bangle that she is wearing, and the gold tooth? I know I'm going deep here, but for some reason, these are the thoughts that come to mind when I look at this picture. This was a very hard conversion to b/w and I'm not sure I even got it right, but I do like how it brings out the "grittiness" of the picture, if that makes sense.
While looking through my China '09 archives, I also converted a photo of Leila and Kara from our trip. This was taken at the Sacred Way in Beijing. I love these beautiful weeping trees that lined the length of this pathway and thought the texture would look nice in b/w. (You'll have to trust me. It looks better larger.) :)
Pop over to Lisa's blog to see more b/w images!