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Morning Smoke, Sichuan, China

Morning Smoke, Sichuan, China. I took this photo while I was in southern Sichuan province for the torch festival of the Yi people. As I walked through the streets of Zhaodue, I spied this contented looking woman sitting on a cement stoop. I immediately felt a rapport with her, so l sat down beside her to relax. When I got up to leave, she gave me a pat on the hand. She had such a dignified, regal air. I took out my camera and tried to capture it. Afterwards she invited me into her house for a drink of wine out of traditional, eagle-clawed, lacquered cups. I used a Nikon F3, 35mm lens and Kodachrome 64 film.

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