Xinjiang Province, China, is different than the rest of the country in just about any way you care to name. Among its most striking features are the tall poplar trees that grow thick along the river courses as they flow down from the Kunlun and Pamir mountain ranges. Rural roads that wind through these groves create atmospheric corridors through which all manner of life passes.
I was photographing the colorful traffic along the road to Hanerik — bicycles, donkey carts, truckloads of goats — but out of the woods came the most charming traffic of all, a couple waiting for the bus going the other way, to Kashgar. He wore a suit. She wore red, and used the suitcase for a chair. (Pricing Schedule F)