It is the January winner of the Times travel photo competition. The picture was taken in the village of Tunjiao, in southwest Guizhou, China. It is a portrait of Master Weng, a 94-year-old master in his studio. It was taken by Emyr R.E. Pugh, 27-year-old, from Carmarthenshire, England, with his Canon EOS 40D.
The picture captured my attention once I saw it in Times Online. Chinese calligraphy is a fascinating form of Art. It is a mix of controlling your wrist, being master in using the brush to draw strokes, training your mind in meditation and concentration, and learning to be patient and calm. I have been fascinated about it since I was a kid. I think it started when I saw a book written in traditional Chinese characters that my mom got from her Taiwanese colleague. I hadn’t obtained a proper training until I was about 24-year-old. Yet, I joined the class only for a month and practiced to write not many strokes in Chinese characters. I would be enthralled to start to do it all again.