I used to live in Beijing. One of the things I liked about it, was how much life there was on the street, I’m pretty sure you could spend a lifetime walking and taking pictures and never take the same picture twice. In the summer the streets are busy, late into the night, in the winter (which is very cold) they clear quite quickly and you can see more of what is going on around you. Although there are street lights, it looks like a black night. When I took the picture, I was wondering why they had decided to walk in the road, rather than the pavement.
It rains quite often in Shanghai. Almost like clearing your throat before you move on to another subject in a conversation. On this occasion I had just acquired a “new to me” Mamiya VI dating from the early 1950s and was wandering the streets looking for pictures to try it out. One of the nice things about using digital is the almost bottomless high ISO you can get compared to with film. This was taken as the light faded to twilight – people were going home, when the heavens opened and it began to rain. Women tried various tricks to try to keep themselves dry: I was just trying to protect the bellows on the camera (bad things happen if they get wet).
I like the colours in the picture and the way you can feel that it late afternoon and will soon be evening.
It has been a while…
I started blogging about 3 years ago and for a while I raced to put up new posts – and there is a kind of excitement about seeing your photographs online and having people look at them and tell you what they think. But after a while I felt that I was writing for other people rather than me.
Anyway – I’m back for another go!
I took these pictures in Shanghai and Beijing using my Pearl River TLR and Shanghai GP3 film.