Kashgar: In Pictures


Photo by Tina Su

The main reason for delays of new posts in SimplyTina is due to an overwhelming amount of photos to sort through, select and edit. I don’t mind the time consuming part, but it’s the emotional detachment that I have a hard time with.

I get terribly attached to my photos, and narrowing them down is kind of like choosing your favorite child and throwing the rest of your children away (in a fire). Ouch!

It’s been a few weeks, and over a cumulative of 20 hours, I’ve finally narrowed the 3300 some images from Kashgar down to 200, then again to around 50 photos. This is the first of three posts showing them.

In this post, I wanted to showcase two photo essays on Kashgar taken during the trip. Enjoy!

Posts covering Kashgar has been spread out into the following:

Please note: all images are copyrighted and may not be reproduced under any circumstance without written permission from the photographer.

“Living in Kashgar – Portraits”

By Tina Su

Copyright © 2008 Tina Su Photography. All rights reserved.

“Kashgar in Movement”

By Jeremy Sawatzky

Copyright © 2008 Jeremy Sawatzky. All rights reserved.

The Photographers:

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  1. 1

    Some really nice portrait shots Tina! My favourite so far is the kashgar-faces5. Looking forward to seeing the remainder of your selections.

  2. 2

    Thank you for the beautiful photos! I’ve been wanting to travel to Kashgar and beyond, and your photos are amazing. =D They make me want to plan my trip sooner!

  3. 3

    Breathtaking photos!
    Truly, we are all one.

  4. 4

    Inspiring! Can’t wait to walk in your footsteps and realize my own dreams of travel!

  5. 5

    The expressions on the faces tell quite a story …seems like you had a wonderful time! Lovely pics.

  6. 6

    I know the pain of trying to narrow down a lot of photos to just a select few favorites. I bought my first DSLR a few weeks ago and I tend to take a lot of pictures, but have trouble deciding how I want to show them.

    The web can be such a hard medium to show pictures, with different screen sizes and bandwidth availability. I really like how you often times crop your photos for TSN posts, and how you don’t link to full-sized images and let the thumbnail speak for itself. How did you decide on this format?

    Would you and/or Jeremy be willing to share some general photography tips? Also, what software and/or techniques do you use to manage your photos, if any?


  7. 7


    Thanks for your kind words about my TSN photo layouts. It was an intuitive feeling to do that size of cropping, instead of a decision. I tried several dimensions and that dimension looked the best for the layout during design.

    For software, I use Adobe Lightroom for managing photos, and Adobe Photoshop CS3 for photo editing and retouching.

    Photography tips?

    1. Shoot lots and often. You train your eyes by doing it often and looking at your results. Similarly, look at photographs you like, and works of photographers you admire. Ask yourself why you like them, why they make you feel a certain way. When you start to do this, you become more conscious aware when images appear before you, you start to recognize them and are able to react quick enough. It’s like writing, the more you read and practice writing, the better of a writer you become.

    2. When on photography trips, always have your camera out and lens cap off. This way you can grab and shoot very quickly when an image jumps out at you.

    Hope that helps!

  8. Dr Babur Yusufi


    Hi Tina,

    I never knew there was a place called “Kashgar” on the face of the earth! How ignorant of me! It was the movie”Kite Runner” that made me aware that it was filmed in Kashgar. Your pictures are nothing less than inspiring, flaming a desire in me to visit the place one day. I wonder if Kashgar hosts kite festivals and if yes, have you taken pictures during the occassion?

    Dr Babur Yusufi
    London, UK

  9. 9

    I liked the photos, searching for sth else but I came across with those photos… Especially the little children in the last photo…
    It must be a shame:-) not to hear sth about “Kashgar” then it turn, there is a high probability of being unaware of world famous Kasghar Mahmud, the author of “Divan-ı Lügati’t Türk” and Yusuf Has Hacip’s “Kutadgu Bilig”
    No one should not think about Kashgar without those:-)

  10. 10

    Really good, I bookmark your site.
    Last photo of kids could have been even better….

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