This is not a traditional blog site where I write about things that happen to me on a daily basis, things I do or things I see and experience, it is also not a general archive of photos I have taken during my lifetime. The purpose of this blog is to share images that I have taken in China, scenes that I find interesting, humorous, harsh, whimsical and sometimes downright mad.
I also have another photo blog http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com this site concentrates on images taken in other countries (not China), if you have time please take a look, make a comment and follow if you like what you see and want to join me on my other photographic journies around the world 🙂
I was born and bred in England… I moved to China and settled in Shanghai around 10 years ago, during that time I have had the opportunity to travel around China and witness massive change, some for the good and some for the bad. I love Chinese Culture, the Language, Chinese History, its people, its cuisine, its architecture; old and new and especially the faces of the people on the street. I love to wonder the streets of Shanghai interacting with the people whilst trying to capture the essence of this wonderful place, its rapid growth and ever changing landscape. I also have a passion to breathe clean air, get out into the countryside, to experience the peacefulness, the tranquility and the massive differences between life in bustling Shanghai and the more remote corners of China.
China is a truly wonderful place, rich in beauty, full of surprises, wide on contrast, extreme in every sense of the word, breathtaking, industrial, rural and frustrating for some.
I do hope you enjoy the Images posted here on this blog..Speaking of which..All Images are the copy write of Mark Lawrence and they should not be copied or used in any way without my permission, If you would like to purchase or use any of the Images from this site please contact me through email.
Thanks for the follow! The showcase of photography on this blog is inspirational and overall just phenomenal! Thank you for sharing work!
Your welcome, thank you for your kind words of appreciation 🙂
nice photos you have here.You collections are kind of good inspiration for those who want to go to China including me 🙂
Thanks so much for your kind words Sonny, it is always nice to receive comments on my work. I hope you have the chance to get to China sometime soon.
Thanks for the follow, love your work and the read up is excellent 🙂
Thanks for your kind words, they are appreciated 🙂
Hello there! I stopped by to let you know I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can check out my post to view your nomination!
Thanks so much 🙂
A wonderful eclectic collection. I particularly enjoy the B+W work, although I like everything I’ve seen, so far. Thanks for the Follow and the various image Likes on jmnartsy.com.
Thanks and your welcome 🙂
Love your photos!!
Thanks so much Sherry:)
Really enjoyed looking through your various photos, great work here … never been to China, yet oddly obsessed with all things China!!??! I’m a Kiwi living in Bali.. Is it an easy place to live as an expat?
Hi Tanya, I guess like everything it depends on who you ask! For me, it’s great but like most we all have our good China days and our bad China days. You know, people say ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’ but in my experience this is only short lived 🙂 I try to make the most of my life’s journey, I truly love everything Asia and will continue to do so whever my travels take me. You are blessed with the beauty and the warmth of Bali, i guess this inspires you too?
Yes you are so right about good days and bad days… same applies here. But I love Bali and very happy here. Also, its very easy for expats here, Im guessing language could be a bit of a challenge there, especially the written.. street signs for example ! Thanks for the reply, and Ill look forward to your future posts and beautiful photos !
Your very welcome, take care..Mark
Brilliant blog Mark! Some of the B& W pictures are simply stunning (A Nap in the Sun especially!)
I lived in China in 06 and 07 (Xingtai, Hebei) and seeing these photos really takes me back. I went back for a visit in 09 and found whole blocks had become building sites, and my favourite market was now a shopping centre with a Dicos. Wonder if I’d even recognise the place now!
Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work!
Hi Kevin, Cheers for your feedback, it is appreciated and thanks for your kind words of inspiration too:)..If you came back now you would certainly not recognise it, construction and re-generation is everywhere most of which goes on 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Thanks again and take care, regards Mark
Very interesting blog, i like Your approach Mark!
Will follow =)
Thanks ishootgood 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Mark, thanks for being such a consistent and diligent photographer and blogger. I love what you are doing on so many levels. I just nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. You can see my post here: http://ourprocess.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1117&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2.
Thanks for posting.
Thanks Aaron, I tried clicking the link but it only generates an error message so I cannot go on to see what you wrote in your post or any info re the award..thanks anyway 🙂
Wow, your blog looks great! Looking forward to reading more. 🙂
Thanks Literary Tiger, appreciated 🙂
I love black and white photos. These are lovely!
Thanks Olivia 🙂
Hi Mark, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – https://colorodyssey.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/versatile-blogger-award-living-singapore/
Thank you Ritu, it is appreciated :)..I have already received a Virtual Blogger Award so I guess I had better not accept this one :)..Thanks anyway. Mark
btw.. I like your new banner photo a lot !!! Tanya
Thanks Tanya 🙂
This is great! The photos are what interest me the most!!
Thank you 🙂
Thank you Dreamer 🙂
Thanks for visiting and liking. Your images are glorious.
Thank you 🙂
a vacation? have a grand time and hopefully you have at least one camera (leica)
David in Maine USA
Hi there – where are you – in England, or Shanghai? The reason I ask is that there’s an exhibition by a French photographer that’s absolutely stunning and is running in Shanghai into June. Check out The Global Art Junkie’s site: http://theartjunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/alain-delorme-manipulated-totems/#comment-863
for details – or just to check out the work. Wish I could see it. Hope you can instead:)
Sorry, I only just saw this message, I’m in Shanghai, I may go if i have time, thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome Mark. It looks like thrilling stuff and I would love to see it – the next best thing has to be passing the info on to someone else who might get a thrill … 🙂
thanks a lot 🙂 and thank heavens you stumbled upon my post, so could see your blog.
your writing and photos are brilliant.
Thanks, that is appreciated 🙂
Mark, it’s Awards Season and I couldn’t not add your fabulous China blog to my list of nominations for the Illuminating Blogger Award. I won’t be upset if you can’t find the time to play, but if you can, pop over to check it out: https://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/confessions-awards-and-the-atlas-game/
Hi Mark. Thank you for dropping by my blog. Your photos are amazing and the narratives are worth-remembering as well. I’m following you now and the other blog you have. I also want to go to China and this blog give me more good reasons to. Thank you!
Come visit :)…BTW, thanks for the follows, they are appreciated.
Great blog with very interesting pictures! You’ve got another follower!
Thanks for the follow 🙂
Thank You for your nice comments at my blog. Great blog has You here too, great work and nice shots.
Thanks Ricardo, appreciated 🙂
Hello, I’ve nominated your blog to Versatile Blogger Award.
Thank you so much for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award, however on this occasion I will have to decline because I have already received three nominations for that specific award and accepted one, plus I have also received two other award nominations this week of which I have still not had time to reply too 😦
I am certainly grateful to you and flattered to be nominated but these awards are very time consuming and i would rather focus my time on trying to upload more images to my blogs and interact with my fellow bloggers.
Thank you once again for your nomination.
No problem at all. I understand You, it takes long time to write the article but your link blog still remains on my nominated blogs, because it’s more than deserved. Ok?
Kind Regards, my friend. Have a nice day and a awesome weekend (almost there). 🙂
Thats ok, thanks again Ricardo 🙂
Mark, thanks for following my blog “In My View”. After seeing your work, I’m truly humbled and honored. Your photos are amazing, and I enjoy seeing how you appreciate the beauty of China. Thanks for sharing that. I will also check out your other blog site and look forward to following your work. Cheers! – Rob
Thanks for your kind words Rob, I’m so glad you liked my work. Regards Mark
Nice to meet you, and thank you, like, follow. Thanking you in advance!
great photos. making an impression on me!
Good to meet you too todolokis, glad you like the images.
Are you still in China, Mark?
Can you read WordPress there?
I thought it was blocked by the Chinese government…
Yes i’m in China and I use a VPN.
Mark thanks for stopping by and the like on my picture!! I enjoyed your blog too…!
You are most welcome Pica:)
You’ve got a nice blog up here, very informative and beuatiful. Well done! 🙂
I would like thank you for following my blog. I hope I don’t disappoint you and that your visits in my blog have been and will always be a joyful ride.
Thank you again and lovely day to you, my friend! 🙂
AThank you for your kind words, I am so glad you like my blogs and hope you come back often. I will keep up to date with your work too. Thanks again.
You do beautiful work.
Thank you bluebutterfliesandme 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. You have some stunning photography here. I can’t wait to see more.
You put my photos taken in China to shame! Keep it up!
Thank you, however I bet your Chinese is better than mine 🙂
Some nice images here. Thanks for sharing!
If you have time, please take a look at my other blog http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com and let me know your thoughts on that new site too.
Thank you for following Journeys Through Grief! Your blog is very interesting. .
Hello! Thanks for checking out my blog and following. I’ve just been having a look at yours and I have to say, some of your photos are just amazing. They are so much different than those taken by someone who is just “passing through” so to speak and far more diverse than the usual photos taken by tourists and travel writers. I really love them!
Thank you so much Heather, your kind words are appreciated so much 🙂
I just nominated you for One Lovely Blog award. I’ve been a fan of your photos on both of your blogs since I started blogging. Details are here: http://lushview.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/one-lovely-blog-award/ . I believe you’re well deserved.
Thank you so much for nominating me and my blogs https://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com for this lovely award, your nomination and following of my work is really appreciated. I do however not participate in these blog awards due to the time it takes to reply and re-nominating fellow bloggers of which I admire so many.
Best Regards and Thank you again
I want to say how glad I am that I found you (thank you for stopping by my blog and signing up to follow a fellow traveler). I love good photography and am intrigued that you ended up in China. I’m from England, too, but ended up in Hawaii, which, as you may know, has a large Asian population and influence thanks to the former sugar plantations, which imported laborers from China, Japan, the Philippines and more. I’m really looking forward to diving into your photos and seeing China through your eyes. And perhaps even visiting there one day (with more knowledge about the country thanks to your work). I’m assuming you speak and write Chinese now?
I came to China about 14 or so years ago through business, spent a lot of time here, sold my company in the UK, fell in love with my soul mate and never went back. My spoken Chinese is not bad but reading and writing leaves a lot to be desired!
May and I spent a couple of weeks this year on the big island of Hawaii, we loved the spirituality and peace there and thoroughly enjoyed Mauna Kea and Kilauea.
Lets keep in touch.
Isn’t it remarkable what journeys we find ourselves on.
I’m glad you’ve had a chance to experience the Big Island. It is indeed a very spiritual place—one of my favorite places. In fact, my new novel takes place in part there. Once it’s out, I’ll write a post. I think you might enjoy it.
Yes, let’s keep in touch.
I will look forward to it 🙂
Mark, I just nominated you for another award. I know, the Liebster Award was a heady experience, but this on is called The Thought Provoking Blog Award. You deserve this and hundreds of other awards. Thanks for being fantastic. http://ourprocess.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/thought-provoking-award/
Thanks my friend, your kind words and support are all I need, thanks for the nomination I will mention it on my blog but I will not participate, I hope you will undersdtand? 🙂
I absolutely understand.
Thanks my friend 🙂
Thanks for your follow too, your images of China are beautiful and open up for me a culture that I haven’t had the opportunity ti experience 🙂
Your very welcome and I’m happy to enjoyed your visit and decided to follow.
Such interesting and exceptional photography! It is a country that I am slowing getting a feel for since I have a friend and a cousin that live there.
Thank you, I’m happy you enjoy my images 🙂
Wonderful!! China is definitely on my list the next couple of years! I’m very excited and curious about it.
Don’t leave it too long, things are changing fast 🙂
Thank you Chris 🙂 Your follow is appreciated.
Love all your images!!!!
Thank you so much BeTZzZ 🙂 Your support and comments are truly appreciated 🙂
I was honored to receive The Blog of the Year 2012 Award and felt that you are deserving of the honor too. Please accept this award. Please follow the link http://wp.me/p28tjX-wm. If you don’t accept awards I do understand and only meant to acknowledge you as one of my peers.
Thank you so much, usually I don’t accept awards because of the time it takes to accept them and deal with the process, but this one is different and i felt my nomination was sent from your heart..So Thank you my friend, I will accept 🙂
Some really inspiring images Mark and thanks for stopping by/following my blog. I look forward to seeing more.
Thank you so much 🙂 and your very welcome, I too look forward to seeing more from you 🙂
Thank you so much and you are very welcome, I too look forward to seeing more of your work.
Some stunning photography there, a real insight into life in China
Thank you so much Vicky 🙂
So happy you like them Vicky 🙂 Thank you for spending the time to visit and to comment, it is truly appreciated.
What extraordinary scenes! Besides the subject matter, your photography speaks volumes, portal to another world.
Thank you so much Nature on the Edge 🙂
You have some really lovely shots here ! Best wishes.
Thank you so much itchy, your follow and comments are truly appreciated.
Beautiful site! Love your pictures, you capture their souls…
Thanks for stopping by…
Thank you for your kind words, they are truly appreciated 🙂
Hi Mark, Thanks for checking out my blog and following. I am honored.
Your blog, Images of China…. is absolutely amazing! It is a benchmark for exceptional photography and vision. I’m on board.
Gary your very welcome and thank you for your kind words, they are appreciated 🙂
It is really an honor to nominate you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
Please check on; http://sigoese.wordpress.com/2012/12/09/thank-you-for-the-awards/
Great photos. I am looking forward to seeing more.
Thank you Allan
Hey, I love reading your blog and have nominated you for The Illuminating Blogger Award! Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!
Thank you so much Sigdha, your nomination and support for my blog is highly appreciated.
Congratulations on your blogging awards 🙂
Hi Mark! I was wondering if I could use this as a short description of your blog for my readers’ page (http://yourdailydoseblog.com/2012/10/11/a-page-dedicated-to-my-readers-your-blogs-please-help-me-finish-it-by-describing-your-blog-in-10-words-or-less/)?:
“Images I’ve taken in China, scenes I find interesting, humorous & sometimes downright mad.” Modified it from what you wrote up there. LEt me know if that’s okay, thanks!
– Janice (aka Cafe)
Sure, please carry on 🙂 You can always plug my blog 🙂 if you like.
Haha, koo thanks Mark!
Lovely photos Mark, and what an amazing place to live and work! Nice of you to follow me – I need to get into a better habit of posting more regularly.
Thanks Paul, I know it’s a challenge sometimes, I try my best to upload one image per day and that in it’s self is a challenge sometimes 🙂
Good luck with your blog 🙂
Thanks for following my blog!
I adore your photos,,can’t wait for another new
Thank You 🙂
Hi Mark, found you through Cee’s Fun. My husband and I have planned a month in China this September. Do you think if I sent you my tentative itinerary you could give me your insight? If yes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
I emailed you 🙂
Some beautiful pictures out here! Kudos!!
🙂 Your kindness is appreciated my friend 🙂
Hey Mark, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw.I have always being fascinated with China ever since I was small, Hope to eventually travel there some day. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts, 🙂
Cheers Ed, happy you like what you see and thanks for the follow:) You have some stunning B& W images on your blog, so many in-fact I will need to keep coming back for more 🙂
Thanks Mark, 🙂
Excellent ! Great quality of images , well presented and done with good eye but also with great sensibility.
Thank you so much 🙂
Hi Mark, kindly thanks for the follow on my blog. I like what I see here too, and follow yours in return!
Thanks Jenniferschre 🙂
Thanks for dropping by! Fantastic photos. So revealing of Chinese culture.
Thanks Kaz 🙂
Your love of the place and the people really shows through – beautiful photographs.
Thank You Noeline 🙂
You have some fantastic/candid photos on your blog. I’m looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for following my blog, it’s really appreciated.
Cheers Mark 🙂
Thanks for dropping past my blog, i agree with everything you have said about China, its an interesting country and wish i had been stuck there for more than a day to take full advantage of the hospitality.
Your welcome, and thanks for taking the time to visit me and leave a comment.
Love your blog!
Today, I am nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations on your excellent blog! Please visit the following the page for the details.
Namaste. . . .Anne
Good to meet you Mark. Saw one of your images on a re-blog by Oyla Brown and it persuaded me to pop on over to your sight. I like what I see on the photos but more importantly I like your attitude and where you are coming from. Look forward to seeing more of your images. MM 🍀
I do appreciate your support Mick as do I your comments. Thank you my friend 🙂
It’s nice to see the other facets of China. I do wish to visit China in the near future. Great shots.
Thanks samokan, let me know if you ever get to Shanghai!
wowww your work is stunning 🙂 Which part of China did you go? I’m from Hong Kong and your photos made me reminisce about my travelling in China and what I know about China. Looking forward to seeing more 😀
Thanks so much. I live in Shanghai
Your pictures are so powerful and beautiful – especially the black and white images. I have really enjoyed viewing them.
Thank you so much Eleanor, I really appreciate your following and your comment 🙂
You’re very welcome! I will enjoy following your blog.
Great pics! I would love to visit China, it’s just that language barrier prevents me from planning it. Thank you for following my blog. Pls do check this other blog that I write, http://www.acuriousarmywife.wordpress.com, which is about being an Army wife in India. Cheers!
Hi! Yours is one of the selected blogs I enjoy reading, though I follow ten thousand other blogs :). And so, I am nominating you for the Inner Peace Award and the Sunshine Award. If you accept it, it will give me great joy and if you don’t, then I am gonna haunt you in your dreams :D.
🙂 Ahhh, Anamika my dear friend, please don’t haunt me in my dreams, i’m a good soul, really 🙂 Thank you so much for nominating me for both the Inner Peace and the Sunshine Awards, your kind thoughts are grateful received and I am certainly humbled by your nominations 🙂 I do however decline to go through the acceptance process due to the time it takes to complete, I will however thank you in my blog and revert back to your blog. I hope this is ok with you? BTW, you may like my spiritual blog too, hush hush…http://endlesslightandlove.com here you will see my true spirit.
Namaste my friend
An interesting blog you have here! Following that too now 🙂
thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what a nice blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂 have a nice day 🙂
You are so welcome and thank you too 🙂
Like like like!!! Great pictures!
Thank You Fraukje 🙂
Hello! Great blog – we will be sure to follow this one and your other one 🙂