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old shanghai...

Posted by
hugo poon (hong kong, Hong Kong) on 14 November 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

... and a new German car flying by.

Puan Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, China

Another shot from my recent business trip to Shanghai. Weather wasn't good at all and my schedule pretty tight, yet I found the life around so vivid and the environment ("harmonious contrast" between old and new) so exciting that I couldn't help taking as many shots as possible... I somehow felt like a child looking at a new world for the first time.:-)

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd 1/20 second F/3.3 ISO 200 7 mm

I do not regard myself as a photographer. I'm an ordinary man but extraordinarily obsessed with capturing all the memorable scenes that I encounter in my everyday life. It's like an excited traveller craving to record his memorable journey in a memorable way, but in my case, it's the journey of my life ... If I can record my encounters in such a way that they leave an image on the mind of myself and other viewers, it's a tremendous joy and some accomplishment...
In terms of photography, I'm trying to preserve the moments as my eyes see "something" and my heart feels it too. As such, I seldom feel interested in planned, arranged or manipulated photographs...

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I can imagine myself shooting all the time in this exciting city, as you tell us.
Yesterday's and this one start giving us an approach to it.

14 Nov 2008 6:37am

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

Excellent movement contrast ! Past and modern shot ! well done !

14 Nov 2008 7:56am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

"harmonious contrast"....I like the idea Hugo and the photo!

14 Nov 2008 8:49am

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Excellent composition! I love the moving car and the expression of the man. Great work!

14 Nov 2008 1:03pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Fabulous, Hugo. A great human study. The expression and movement of the man against the motion of the black car - all framed by shade trees and bicycles - all suggest there is much going on both in-the-moment and over time.

14 Nov 2008 7:38pm

bruno from les Ollières, France

Not sure it will last for a long time.The city is at two different speeds.Like for the men and the car!I'm afraid that new buildings will swallow old quarters!

14 Nov 2008 8:21pm

Alphons from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Nice contrast car <> man. Great picture.

14 Nov 2008 11:13pm

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

As already mentioned... the fast car speeding past the old man, who is not impressed but continues on his journey. Cool....

14 Nov 2008 11:19pm

paolo from Italy

nice movement effect.

23 Nov 2008 7:48am

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

A wonderful composition.

25 Nov 2008 2:43pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

Love the contrast between the moving car and the slow walking man!

21 Dec 2008 7:25pm

Alex Chan from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hi Hugo, this picture of Shanghai's streetscape reminds me of the fast pace at which this city is transforming itself and the tension between high-speed urbanism and civic harmony. It's simply more than "Old" versus "New" and your picture captures such tension very well in such a beautiful balance of light, contrasts, and metaphor.

I will be in Shanghai later this week. Hope I can feel the city myself...

Thanks for your inspiration, again!


1 Feb 2010 4:56pm

@Alex Chan: Thanks so much Alex! Have an enjoyable stay in this wonderful city!:-)

FUJIFILM FinePix F100fd
1/20 second
ISO 200
7 mm