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Contrast

With thousands of years of history, modern China presents many situations of contrast for the photographer in me. Please enjoy three of my recent photos from Shanghai.

Modern vs. Rustic

Within the shadows of the rising skyscrapers in Shanghai, you can still find a few roosters here and there oblivious to the incredible economic boom that has been happening all over China.


History vs. Trend

Claudia Schiffer or inner peace? How about both? In Shanghai you can go from a bustling modern shopping mall to a serene thousand-year-old temple just by crossing the street.


West vs. East

The top five best selling books inside the Great Walmart of China are an eclectic mix of Western and Chinese classics and modern writings.

    1. Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson (translated)
    2. Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton and John Huey (translated)
    3. Confidence and Hope: Interviews with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao edited by Xinhua News Agency
    4. Journey to the West by Wu Chengen; Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antonius (translated); Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia by Baltasar Gracián (translated)
    5. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay (translated)

4 responses

  1. I really like the first one with the skyscrapers in the background. It really does make a statement about China doesn’t it? Where is that? My brother lives in Guangzhou, but he has never shown me any pictures except of his classroom. I’m going to have to get on him about that lol. Hey how are you getting on Worpress? You must have a VPN. Sneaky sneaky lol.

    2012/06/29 at 6:14 PM

    • Hi, all three pictures were taken in Shanghai, China during my recent family trip. I like the first one a lot as well. The roosters belong to people who have lived in Shanghai for centuries. The government is trying to “persuade” many to move away for modernization but there are a few that refuse hence the contrast. 🙂

      2012/06/30 at 4:36 PM

      • Ha ha okay so you’ve already been to China and come back? I was just curious because my bro can’t get on WordPress to look at my blog because they have it blocked in China. Well if someone was trying to move me out of my home I’d be a little stubborn about it too lol.

        2012/06/30 at 4:48 PM

  2. Yeah, we came back from Shanghai already. While we were there, we couldn’t get to facebook, Twitter, WordPress, google, and many other familiar places. However, tumblr was available but I’m not a tumblr user though. However, if you have a VPN back home via work or school or something, you can access everything still.

    2012/07/01 at 7:23 PM

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