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No-frills Lodging
Photograph by Michael Yamashita

Marco Polo probably slept in a place like this way station for caravans in Feyzabad, Afghanistan. Merchants load salt onto their donkeys, having paid the equivalent of 12 cents an animal for a night in the stables. Humans stay for free. Always on the alert for trade goods, Marco remarked on the large deposits of salt in the area. He also noted the rich veins of silver and lapis lazuli. As for the taverns, the clientele was rough, he remarked, but the wine was tasty.



Camera: EOS-1
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light





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