Some of the hotels in Luijazui is Shanghai are downright crazy. This one is inside the Jin Mao tower, which is only the third highest tower in Shanghai. There’s an inner shaft, and from the 80th floor, this is what it looks like (the lobby is only the 35th or 40th, can’t remember exactly.
Canon A2 + Cinestill 800T
Shooting Cinestill 800T at night was truly an epiphany. I realised that you could, in fact, do some really cool and interesting night shots on film, despite the inherent constraints of not having a ton of ISO. The food vendors are always a favourite of mine.
I have a particular fondness for the straw brooms used here in China. I don’t quite know why, but it brings me back to an older time, maybe…
*Working the Iron*
One of the fascinating things you still see in China is all these little neighborhood jobs that have disappeared in the west. Best of all, due to the ambient heat, they’re all set up outside, on the sidewalk. A boon for photographers!
*Double Asian Crouch*
I’ve spoken about the Asian crouch already, this particular posture that you see everywhere in Asia. But I don’t think I had shot a double Asian crouch until that week-end in Guangzhou !
One of the things that strikes you the minute you start walking the streets of China is how people (mostly men, it must be said) can be found asleep absolutely anywhere. In Europe, you’d think this was the photo of a homeless man. In China, this is just the photo of a man.
Just as I was walking past this iron curtain in a narrow, grimy street in Guangzhou, this women emerges… with the door frame in her hands. I snapped, and (for once) got a good shot out of it. I really like the reality warping side of it which makes your brain go « whaaaaat? »
The most famous Canton Lights are of course those of the Canton Tower at night, but my 2 1/2 weekend there didn’t give me an opportunity to be at the right place and the right time to capture that. Instead I roamed the streets by day and by dusk and captured different kinds of night lights. Love the neon vibe here.
*The Colonel’s Parking*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Fuji Superia 400
Did you know that KFC was one of the most if not the most successful restaurant chain in China ? I could never eat the stuff, I find it vile, but the Chinese love their food fried… Anyway, I felt that beyond the parked bikes, the KFC made the shot.
*Shanghai Street Food*
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Kodak Ultrachrome 400 (Expired)
Street food is a great subject for street photography in Asia even though in all honesty I wouldn’t be willing to try it all. This was shot near Confucius Temple and once again the largely random effect of shooting with expired film actually produced something I like, saturating the warm tones.