Light beams piercing the sky as seen from the top of Cuipingshan Hill in Yangshuo, China.
Light beams piercing the sky as seen from the top of Cuipingshan Hill in Yangshuo, China.

This past summer, Chicago-based travel photographer Ken Koskela spent 17 days in China, where he captured a stunning mix of environmental portraits and awe-inspiring landscapes that highlight the rich beauty and culture of the Asian country. Koskela presents both a macro and micro view of China’s countryside, narrowing in from all-encompassing vistas to eye-catching locals in rural villages. Shot with an emphasis on superb light, the photographer’s breathtaking images share the stories of individuals and their surrounding environments in a stunning and evocative way.

Sunset at viewpoint 3 in China's rice terraces
Sunset at viewpoint 3 in China’s rice terraces
Chinese fisherman next to his cormorant bird
Chinese fisherman next to his cormorant bird
Chinese man from the Longji area takes a break outside his house.
Chinese man from the Longji area takes a break outside his house.
A Chinese fisherman on the Li River splashes water with an oar while Cormorants sit on the boat.
A Chinese fisherman on the Li River splashes water with an oar while Cormorants sit on the boat.
Pink and blue colors overlooking the Li River from Xiang Gong Shan
Pink and blue colors overlooking the Li River from Xiang Gong Shan
A young Chinese girl enjoying getting her picture taken.
A young Chinese girl enjoying getting her picture taken.
Silhouette of Chinese farmer and water buffalo on rice terraces
Silhouette of Chinese farmer and water buffalo on rice terraces
Chinese cormorant fisherman on the Li River in the morning
Chinese cormorant fisherman on the Li River in the morning
Portrait of a Chinese villager from outside Xing'Ping stopping to talk along the way.
Portrait of a Chinese villager from outside Xing’Ping stopping to talk along the way.
Two women in silhouette on beach outside XiaPu, China
Two women in silhouette on beach outside XiaPu, China
An older, Chinese woman from a small village near XingPing sitting down outside her house.
An older, Chinese woman from a small village near XingPing sitting down outside her house.
Clouds moving in over the Longji Rice Terraces shortly after sunrise.
Clouds moving in over the Longji Rice Terraces shortly after sunrise.

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