Dafen_01I went to Dafen Village in search of the the highly regarded Oil Painting replicas that have been done there since the 90’s. I did not find them. Walking up and down multiple streets half heartedly looking for the painters, my attention was stolen by the lives unfolding around me. I watched a group of women playing mahjong, which for all I know is some kind of complex Chinese dominoes, was momentarily involved in a game of pool and explored what is technically a suburb of Shenzhen, but bared no resemblance the suburbs I have known in the United States. The streets were occupied by their residents, people spending time together outside of their seemingly cramped homes. Dafen_02Dafen_03Dafen_04Dafen_05Dafen_06Dafen_07Dafen_08Dafen_09Dafen_10Dafen_11Dafen_12Dafen_13Dafen_14Dafen_15