*One Last Swig*
Fuji TX2 + JCH 400
I was in Shanghai in early January (you know, the world before…) but the weather was miserable. I shot some colour with 800 ISO film, but I felt the mood was really better suited to black and white. So I walked around the French concession with a roll of JCH400 that fit the mood nicely. I’m normally a bit stifled when shooting street, looking for alignments and clean compositions instead of just shooting interesting people. I’m also not very good at manual focusing in haste. So I was double happy about this shot which doesn’t look like my usual stuff and is sharply focused!
Fuji TX2 + Cinestill 800T
One of my favourite places in Shanghai used to be the Cricket Market. A friend showed it to us when we first moved there in 2014 (and the sadly dissapeared Dongtai Lu antique market nearby), so when I went back for work in early January, I decided to go back there. I had 800 ISO film loaded, and tried to capture some of the scenes. This is a place where people who are into cricket fights come to purchase their champions. You see crickets from the near larval stage, painstakingly fed with droplets of rice gruel on straws to full size crickets like the one she’s showing to these customers here. It’s not the most graphic of photos, but it does show something you don’t see every day.
Fuji TX2 (XPAN) + Cinestill 800T
In early January I headed out to Shanghai for work. I had a half day off at the tail end of the trip and headed out to the Jade Buddha Temple where I’d been only once on the very first week we moved to Shanghai. Despite the gloom and rain, it was even better than I remembered. I had thankfully packed 800 ISO film, and while the light wasn’t exactly the best, I got a few good shots including this one of one of the larger buddhas.
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? »