"I spent my time mostly walking around Shanghai (and as you can see from the shots there was a little Beijing in there as well), listening to punk rock on my walkman (heh, I remember frequently imagining that, all across the long, long history of the country, I was probably the first person to listen to, I dunno, Government Issue or the Mortal Micronotz there), meeting people who wanted to exchange money or practice their English on me — overall just having a really eye-opening & cool time."This was back in the days before he was a fully-fledged photographer of course and he also explains how he came to be able to document the trip so well:
"I borrowed my girlfriend’s mother’s camera for the trip (a Canon with a nice zoom lens, vastly superior to my own $95.00 “Albinar” 35mm) and after cradling it with reverent care for 3 months I foolishly packed it into my checked bag for the flight back to the states. It was promptly stolen of course (sorry Emily!), but luckily enough the undeveloped film canisters were left untouched."