Scenes from a rural Hebei village
All aspects of rural life in north China's Hebei Province are dominated by the seasons, when crops must be planted, harvested, and the remains burnt or left to rot before the next planting occurs. With the corn harvest over, it is the time for cotton to be picked. Modest homes, with their high walls and large gates, have a contrasting mix of old and modern amenities, television, computers, cell phones, alongside wood and coal fires stoves to heat a kang in winter, water drawn from a private well, long-drop toilets, farm animals sometimes - pigs, goats, sheep, chickens along with a guard dog or cat to catch rats or mice. Bicycles, motorbikes, trucks and tractors are prized and necessary possessions. Working children contribute to the parent's income and assist the educational costs for younger siblings.
These photographs were made early one autumn morning in late October 2012.