• Tumblr Tuesday: Jacqueline Harriet

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    This week, we're revisiting the work of Jacqueline Harriet, a photographer based out of NYC, thanks to her dreamy, brand new photo diary of a recent trip to China. "I recently traveled to Hong Kong and mainland China during Chinese New Year celebrations to visit my boyfriend who is staying in Hong Kong for six months," Jacqueline tells us. "I was quite happy with how my travel diary turned out!" Here, we get an exclusive look at Jacqueline's photos from her trip, and find out more about what went on behind the scenes.

    "I’ve been quite nomadic since graduating from college at the end of 2014. As a photographer, my shifting location is a source of visual inspiration for my work, so I’ve been saying 'yes' to traveling whenever opportunities arise, investing in experiences rather than binding apartment leases."

    "My boyfriend James is living in Hong Kong for six months so it felt natural to find a way to visit. I chose the week of Chinese New Year, notorious for celebration but mostly a holiday where locals head home to spend time with family. I craved a more rural experience in Asia away from Hong Kong, so James and I decided to visit Yangshuo county in Southeastern China which backs up along the Karst mountains."

    "I ended up finding a guest house built in the Qing Dynasty located in a small village along the Li River that is only accessible via motor raft after a two-hour taxi ride from the city. The journey to Langshi, a village of 400, was complex and had to be done before nightfall. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the house’s caretaker Haibo who has lived in Langshi his entire life and only began learning English in late 2013. Haibo encouraged us to make ourselves at home and experience the village in its natural essence, not making ourselves separate from the community. The guest house is the only one of its kind in the village and save for another traveler staying there, we were the only foreigners."

    "For the next three days we spent the Chinese New Year holiday exploring fruit fields and following trails along the river’s edge. Purchasing dried foods in the village’s sole shop that opens for only two hours each day. Eating vegetarian Chinese meals cooked by a local woman. Receiving directions in points and smiles. Waving to local children and elders who were intrigued and excited to communicate, even if non-verbally. The communal tone of Langshi was inviting and calm and its rich natural landscape was only an added benefit."

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