at first glance the giant buddhas, etched in the hillside of luoyang, make one marvel at the engineering involved in such an accomplishment – from such a long time ago.
on second thought one marvels at artistic gifts required, and years of practice required, in rendering such benevolent expressionism from material that offers only one chance at the designed outcome.
When an icon, becomes an icon of something bigger. This hand lettered Fedex truck says plenty about the rate of change in china, as well as the pressure to achieve it.
This approach to getting big quick is by no means limited to the parcel delivery business.
lanterns sway on ghost street, outside of a restaurant… punctuating the grey skies on a warming day that shows the first sign of spring.
the rice vendors comfort with having his portrait taken, surprises me. the fish monger’s comfort level… well, not so much… “bu yao, bu yao”