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This is an abbreviated set composed of photos I took while living in Mainland China from late June to late August of 1987, the summer that I turned 18.

I borrowed my girlfriend’s mother’s camera for the trip (a Canon with a nice zoom lens, vastly superior to my own $95.00 “Albinar” 35mm) and after cradling it with reverent care for 3 months I foolishly packed it into my checked bag for the flight back to the states. It was promptly stolen of course (sorry Emily!), but luckily enough the undeveloped film canisters were left untouched.

…and okay, okay — that dopey looking kid in the Minor Threat shirt on the Great Wall (and awkwardly smiling in front of Chairman Mao’s portrait outside of the Forbidden City) is eighteen year old me. I can admit it.


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