Red Glow Outside of Shanghai

Here’s a favorite shot I took at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.  It was a massive complex covering entire city miles with hyper-uturistic buildings and lighting.  This particular section was a multi-story tower of light that projected messages and turned different colors casting a cool glow over the immediate area.  I’ve been to China many times and it is one of the most interesting places you can work in or visit.

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Awesome Shanghai Short Film

This is one of the best depictions you’ll see today showcasing how much energy there is in Shanghai.  I’ve been to Shanghai many times and it is easily one of the coolest, most dynamic cities on the planet.  Rob Whitworth really captured the vibe in a unique and original way.  Check it out.

This is Shanghai from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

Shanghai Black & White and Night

Spent a day shooting photos in Shanghai.  Headed down to the Bund very early AM and shot this black and white view of Pudong then found myself back there in the evening.  This city is on the move.   You can see the Shanghai World Financial Center (the Bottle Opener Building) see being finished in these photographs.IMG_2745.JPG IMG_2795

This Shanghai Street Doesn’t Exist Anymore

These are four photos taken in 2007 in Shanghai near West Nanjing Road in the heart of Shanghai.  It was like a last bastion of old Shanghai surrounded by the new buildings being constructed all around it.  Today this street is gone, replaced by the new.  The city replaced these old school eateries and cinemas with things like Krispy Kreme.

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Chinese Retail

Retail in Asia is at a completely other level than here in the USA and in China it’s particularly intense. The interesting thing about China (and in this photo taken in Shanghai on West Nanjing Road) is that virtually all wealth is new money – and when I say “new” I mean in the past 15-20 years new.  There is really no such thing in China as “old money” because there just was not any wealth in the society outside of a handful of folks.  As such, the new money Chinese have tended to flaunt their wealth.

I was at a presentation in Hong Kong where the regional director of LVMH was giving an amazing presentation about this subject and he said the bulk of billionaires in China are in their forties and the overwhelming amount of millionaires in China are in their thirties.  The retail scene in China reflects this too.  When it’s nice in China, it’s really nice.  There is a downside to this as well, and the Chinese are somewhat developing a reputation for being perhaps a bit too brand conscience and there are some side effects with this (which perhaps I’ll get into on a future post), but for now, this photo paints a bit of the picture of the scene in retail – and this is but one corner on West Nanjing Road – you should see the rest of it.

Welcome to China

In a small neighborhood in Shanghai we’d go for breakfast or even dinner along a street that is full of food vendors one after the next.  The whole street smells of garlic and cooking meat.  None of it’s too clean but it’s all impressive in a “travelers’ kind of way.  Not for the faint of heart but definitely worth the walk.  The sesame me bread at the top of the photo is delicious though.