Oil-paper umbrellas on display in the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys area of Fuzhou. Doubling up as a parasol these intricately painted, handmade umbrellas originated from China before spreading throughout Eastern Asia. They are nowadays seldom used in Mainland China, where many older traditions have either died out or are rarely observed, although I hear that they are still an important part of traditional wedding ceremonies in Japan.
So I know a lot of my work here now is portrait based but I have to share this beautiful henna work from a pre-wedding ceremony that I photographed last week. Indian culture is so enchanting and beautiful and I’m so grateful to have had a chance to participate in this, even if it was just on the sidelines.