happy faces and high-fives sums up this last post as well as my entire trip. this city has been truly remarkable. i felt shanghai slowly open up to me and i was grateful for all the accepting smiles from people i photographed. it’s so interesting shooting in San Francisco and New York City versus Shanghai because here i couldn’t communicate verbally. it relied solely on body language – on both ends. they strained to let me know that i was okay and that they were okay with everything that was happening in that moment and it revealed how selfless and personal they are as a culture. it pushed me and taught me so much about simply connecting through subtle smiles and bright eyes. the words didn’t get in the way. it was a profound experience and i sensed the shift in myself. needless to say, shanghai, i’ll be coming back soon. you are place set apart.
SO MANY B&W’s in this post. B&W HAYDAY.
so this has been my first shanghai lesson: people are much happier on the weekends than during the weekdays. no, but really. night and day. kind of bummed the weekend is over (and apparently, so are they).
this is first trip abroad without any type of itinerary, curriculum or obligations. it’s been so fun just experiencing the country the way i want to. at first i was feeling guilty about not going to every museum, every historical site, etc. but then i realized that each day i’m learning more about reading body language, communicating and relating with everyone on the street. to me, that is my ideal way to experience a culture. SO THERE!
ALSO – one more thing. i’ve realized that i really love it when the person is looking into the camera. buuuut not in a typical street photography, portrait sense. it’s that moment right when they’ve caught me with their eyes but every thing else stays exactly the same about the moment. it’s just this glorious second when i get to connect with them right before they freak the heck out while maintaining that wonderfully serendipitous nature of street photography. IT’S DA BEST.
super excited to head to beijing for the next couple of days. i am going to the great wall, for those that think i’m already crazy for just sticking to the streets. stay tuned!
i’m going to be traveling around china for the next couple of weeks – mainly staying in Shanghai with a few friends. i wandered aimlessly for an hour or so this morning and this is what came of it. overall, it was significantly more challenging than i anticipated. most people are extremely cold and just really… down. i’ve shot in big cities but this was different – people weren’t just focused or unaware, they were depressed and withdrawn. it was hard to get any type of reaction or expression from anyone other than annoyance or ambivalence. the only interactive experience i had was with children. it was extremely humbling. i experienced my small place in the world. i still have so much to learn.