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I pulled out my newly purchased, faulty, cheap, plastic camera.

It seemed fitting for the streets of China, where “Made in China" lives up to it's name. After loading in a roll of film designed to accentuate the color red, I began to shoot. Yes, a roll of film; analogue for a country rooted deep in thousands of years of history.

China is a complex country, culture, people.

 

Where tradition and a culture of over 2,000 years clashes with the modern world –

a country in the midst of massive rebuilding as money flows in at a rapid pace. 

Where the Hutongs of the cities are demolished in favor of high-rise flats, destroying community living and creating isolation in place of community, where community is integral to the Chinese people.

 

Where good luck is purposed, passed on, a conscious effort.

 

Where girls are discardable.

 

Yet they are most coveted in a staggering shortage of them due to the One-Child Policy.

 

Where the old life is quickly disappearing as China has become a leading economic power. 

And where an ancient lifestyle meets the western world of today.