I'm not exactly sure where we were in the city but we came across this guy after a failed attempt to find a certain bar we'd been given some dodgy directions to. I gave him 20 RMB and he surprised me by asking if I wanted change. Can you imagine?

It is hard to tell from this shot but it was very, very dark when I took this. A lone street light at the end of a long alley was the only glint. I raised the camera, raised my brow and with a slight sigh of resignation he agreed. He looked right at me until the very moment I released the shutter. I could tell I wasn't the first guy to ever take his photo.

Of course this isn't a problem unique to China. As you read this it is happening in every major city in the world.

I'm happy it was a warm night.

Beijing, China - April 24, 2011

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