1993, Beijing, China
Plate 40, 18x27
In the splendor of the world's most magnificent city, the contrast of the regal and the simple took this picture. This same situation in the photo happened to me once before in Honolulu in the shape of a government sale of surplus equipment. The man next to me bought a $16.00 motor scooter, and I bought a large lot of jackets and made enough money to start in business. Some are touched by the surrounding, by the environment, and others take no notice. The scooter in Honolulu had little value. The bicyclist crossing the Forbidden City with his sticks seemed to have missed the vision of the city. Yet they may have found a direct, intimate fulfillment that so many of us in our haste had missed. l am not sure.
Though both of these people did the opposite of me, I am not sure they did not find as much fulfillment in their lives as I ever did.