The Photographer of the Month Award for January 2018 goes to British photographer John Eaton, who sent us a selection of beautiful images from our Silk Road 2017 Workshop.
“I had visited China several times previously and venturing along the Silk Road was high on my ‘bucket list’,” he says. “This turned out to be a great adventure – one of the literal high-spots was being (temporarily!) detained by Chinese border guards on the China/Pakistan border, 15,400 feet up on the Karakoram Highway! Other highs were the dramatic fort at Jiayuguan; the beautiful dunes at the Dunhuang oasis; the Tajik people and their game of Buzkashi and the wedding; and, perhaps above all, the fascinating street life and people of Kashgar. All in all, an exhilarating, memorable adventure with a great group of people!!”
John Eaton was born in Kent, England, during the war. After a long academic career at The London Business School, he joined HP and eventually moved to Silicon Valley in California in 1988. Now retired, he lives on the coast in Santa Cruz. He is particularly interested in photographing architecture and landscape in different environments and cultures. Enjoy more of his Silk Road images here.
“This lovely image of an old man eating his lunch in Kashgar has a great diagonal composition that centers the attention on the subject, and so many different textures and structures, enhanced by the black-and-white photography, giving the eye endless details to explore,” comments National Geographic editor, Karen Gunn
Post-retirement, John Eaton’s first major personal project was to photograph the interiors of all the English medieval cathedrals. The fruits of this work can be seen here: englishmedievalcathedrals.com.