The Future Of China...
I had been wandering through side streets of a rural Chinese village in the
farmlands south of Beijing hoping to find interesting subject matter for documenting
the contrast between the "old" and "new" China when
I came upon what I initially thought was a deserted military compound. On further
inspection, I noticed this multicolored wall painting depicting the importance
of educating schoolchildren about the high technology of the 21st century--replete
with references to space travel and satellite communications. I was about to
photograph this provocative image when, suddenly, with the familiar sound of
a school bell, out flowed a group of youngsters from the interior of what was
now, obviously, the community elementary school. As the children streamed past
the mural I took this photo literally capturing China's next generation
rushing toward that country's future!
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