I've had this photo for quite some time, often feeling reluctant to post it, feeling in some way that I as the photographer was benefitting from this one mans misfortune.
However, today I saw a wonderful picture here of the karst mountains along the Li River in South West China which sent me down memory lane.
Having spent 7 months in the beautiful town of Yangshou in the past year, I've never in all of my travels been so homesick for one particular place. It inspired me, moved me, tocuhed me, frustrated me and held me in a very special way.
This picture is just one of the many aspects and faces of China. Along with elegance, composure, a deep sense of history and respect, there is also the harsh reality of poverty and brutality as seen from from a Western cultural perspective.
I hope this one face of China speaks to you in some way, as it did to me. - Jonathan
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