beijing. 2007. while on a quick 4 day trip to china, we were in the hutong district, which is where the workers and common folk that once were employed in the forbidden city lived. the area is now somewhat of an attraction for those looking to see something off the well worn tourist stops in central beijing. i had been shooting since sunrise and came around a small pathway, which opened into an area used for loading and unloading. the only thing in this open air corridor were these brooms and dust bin, which i thought were magnificent. i pulled out my panoramic hasselblad x-pan, and knew right away that it was going to work vertically for the shot. as i shot the second frame, my wife came round the corner, and looked at me, then the brooms, and said, questioning, really? brooms? in china? i just smiled and replied, yep!