If you enjoy nature and a diverse, beautiful topography, a visit to the city of Guilin in China should be added to your list of travel destinations.
But whether you have been there or not, photographer Trey Ratcliff helps bring it to life with his amazing pictures!
Whether it’s the Li River or some of the mountains, hills or buildings in the city, Ratcliff captures the natural beauty of Guilin!
The City of Guilin
The city of Guilin is located in the northeast of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China.
Guilin means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus”, a type of tree or shrub that’s found throughout parts of China, Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand.
These osmanthus trees are part of the landscape that gives Trey Ratcliff a pallet with which to work with his photography.
The Cuiping Village – Contrast & Colors
One of the most gorgeous places Trey Ratcliff has captured with his work has been the Cuiping Village.
Part of what makes it so unique is lush vegetation and the beauty of the Jinsha and Min Rivers flowing through the village. But getting to the village is not easy because it is located in a remote location in the Cuiping, not even a town. Trey found this location literally with a British Guilin based photographer Andy Beales, cutting their path with a knife! Sharp brambles and rocks lined the path, some areas required climbing. Once on the top, they literally balanced on razor sharp rock points with a steep drop.
Fortunately for us, we don’t need to go through that anymore, as in 2016 some steps were built. You can check out some more images more of his images of the area here, they are stunning!
Aside from being naturally beautiful, his crystal clear imagery and use of bright colors is amazing. He uses the sharp contrast between the different types of landscape to bring us one of a kind images.
The Li River – Creativity
Trey Ratcliff also captures the Li River in creative ways that bring us a unique look at the landscape in Cuiping Village.
The Li River flows from Guilin to Yangshuo in China. It spans 83 kilometers (52 miles) and following its path has helped Trey Ratcliff capture some special pictures.
He captures the culture through images like the one of a man he calls the “Bad Ass Bird Guy” standing along the Li River.
He has found the best angles to capture the karst mountains with the skies above. He’s also found other unique aspects of the landscape in Guilin along the river.
Trey Ratcliff’s Talent
Trey Ratcliff’s talent as a photographer is on full display with his portfolio from his time in Guilin.
The city and surrounding district are a perfect mix of natural beauty and village living. Whether you have been to Guilin or ever plan to go, Trey’s photography will leave an impact on you. He captures the essence of the area through its landscape and culture.
He’s used his talent as a photographer to bring us vivid images, complete with bright colors and sharp contrast. In doing so, we get an inside look into the beauty of places like Guilin’s Cuiping Village.
The Li River plays an important role in the way of life and the vegetation of the area. Trey Ratcliff has taken advantage of following the 52-mile river’s twisting path. It has allowed him to give us a look into a far away place that is unlike any other in the world.
The natural beauty of Guilin and the artistic approach of Trey Ratcliff are an example of why photography is so special to us all.
Check out some other places in China that give photographers the opportunity to experience areas unlike any other in the world!