I took a day trip to Jianchuan from Lijiang last time I was in China. I had high expectations for photo opportunities after reading about Jianchaun in my Lonely Planet guide. Maybe I didn't find the right Ming and Qing courtyards, maybe I took the wrong trails, maybe the weather was too gloomy, maybe I'm just not a very good photographer or maybe a combination of all of these things, but I was disappointed and didn't find much to photograph. Most of my photos were within a block of the bus station and were took as I was waiting for the bus back to Lijiang. When I reviewed my photos later I found I had a few interesting subjects but the photos were nothing special. I decided to see if I could make them more interesting. I certainly did not take these photos with the thought of Photoshopping them up. But for me, sometimes it a matter of salvaging something interesting in a less than perfect photo.
I saw this old sewing machine in a house/shop while walking down the street.