It is worth the effort to read a bit about the diversity of China. China's territory is as big as the United States. There are 56 ethnicities officially recognized by Chinese government, and many of those ethnicities have their own languages. The physical geography of China ranges from deserts to rain forests and from plateaus to low plains, so that people living in those different physical sections of China have various cultures. China does not have an official or dominant religion. While many Chinese citizens do not have any religious practice, others are in religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Judaism.

The large cities are modern and bustling. People hurry here and there as in any other modern city in the world. The rural villages are very rustic. The farmers are often bare foot and use hand implements to farm. The contrast is amazing.

These images are part of a series titled “Faces of the World”. My objective is to capture the people in places that are not yet part of the first world economy and their communities in this early part of the 21st century. It is an exciting quest. Will I finish? My original intent was to include only portraits of the people but it seems important to see the communities and the cultures as best I can to complete the story. Of course a few images does not tell the whole story but I hope I have allows a “peek under the tent”.

Faces of the World “Cuba” is for sale exclusively at Steve Martins Gallery in the New Orleans Art District.