In summer of 2013, I spent eleven days in Northwestern China visiting good friends. I was on my way back from West Africa, and would have been hard pressed to find a place so different from where I had come.

The colors, light, and human interactions were all different to me, and it made for a series of photographs like none other that I had taken before. The result, I think, are images composed from a natural distance, always cognizant of a loaded history and rich culture that you can feel and appreciate, if not understand as a foreigner.

The photos in this series were taken in Beijing, Shenyang, and other towns in and around Liaoning Province. You can read about some of the road trip adventures brilliantly narrated by my friend Meagan, in parts one, two, and three.