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Just a Boy and His Trike

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We have probably all seen the strangely-wonderful images of people and their overloaded tricycles from from such exotic places as Hanoi, Bangalore, Phnom Pehn and what-have-you. But with the introduction of motorization, the Chinese manufacturers seem to have taken this workhorse to a new level (and understandly so – faster, further, more – what’s there not to like in the pursuit of progress for a hypersonically-industrializing nation?)

I made this images during my last trip.

The first is of a construction entrepreneur (I think his name was Yang), zipping along the countryside on his scooter-trike. The thing was faster and more manueverable that we were in our Ford 4×4.

Just a Boy and His Trike, I

Just a Boy and His Trike, I

This second image was made on the major highway out of Zhongdian. We had stopped, in an odd sort of coincidence, to check out tricycle features and prices. A fair bit of tire-kicking took place but no, we did not buy one 😉

Just a Boy and His Trike, II and II

Just a Boy and His Trike, II and II

 

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June 30, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Winter Night, Shanghai

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Shanghai Winter Nightscape

Shanghai Winter Nightscape

I made this exposure from my hotel room in the Jingan District of Shanghai during my trip in February. Shanghai winter nights are usually foggy-hazy-dewy but I was lucky on this particular evening. I was even more lucky to have the company that I had on the trip. Family and old friends Bernard, Cal, Chris, Pete, Sam and Tim all made it over. Thanks also to local hosts Eric, ML and TS. What a crew! What a time!

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June 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

Springtime on the Plateau

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We’d spent a great deal of the afternoon exploring. This time of year, the sun stays high in the sky for a long time, making for unflattering flat light and short, harsh shadows (and an easy burn for unprotected skin!). Not the best for photography. But towards the end of our adventure, as we were traversing this meadow, the spring blooms and foliage were lit just right. This is what we saw…

Springtime Meadow

Springtime Meadow

 

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June 19, 2011 at 1:38 am

Symbols

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Here are a couple of characters that I ran across while wandering around Shangri-la. This first one is the word “da” or “large”. It stands on the side of a new establishment in new town, waiting to be fastened into place.

Living Large

Living Large

I found this second character painted on the mud wall of a traditional Tibetan building in old town. It is a stylized version of the word “zhong” – medium or middle. In this context, I think it symbolizes the zhong in “zhong guo” (i.e., the middle kingdom, aka China). Or perhaps the zhong in “zhongdian”, the former/Chinese name for Shangri-la.

Zhong

Zhong

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June 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

Magicland

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Magicland

Magicland

We arrived to a cold, misty Shangri-la morning. I made this image as we circled past town on our run into the airport. It’s pretty dry and dusty this time of year. But when the the mist and light come out to play, magic happens. One of my dreams is to live in the area for several weeks and do nothing but make images of this amazing part of the world.

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June 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Home Again

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Self-Portrait in Acrylic

Self-Portrait in Acrylic

Shanghai – Chengdu – Kunming – Shangri-la – Lijiang – Shanghai in 11 days. Wow, what a trip. I caught a cold in Shanghai, an auspicious start that was followed with a bit of altitude sickness in Shangri-la. But all the while, the company was great. I got to see lots, do lots, accomplish lots. Caught the holidaying crowds in a festive Lijiang on Duanwujie, strolled down a Chengdu boulevard where the entire street smelled like Ma La (Sichuan hot pepper) cooking, had dinner and drinks with a celebrity hairdresser in Kunming, even got to belt a few at a Tibetan-style KTV in Shangri-la.

But by the end, I was glad to be heading back. To the quiet and tranquility and solitude of my special space; to the safety and steadfastness of the rock of my life. Ask me in a couple of weeks and I’ll probably tell you that I’m ready to go again. But for now, nothing beats being home.

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June 10, 2011 at 3:58 am

The Gourd Seller

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The Gourd Seller

I shot this in the Yuyuan (Yu’s Garden) area of Shanghai. A popular tourist spot, most people come to see the architecture, to snap a few pics, and to buy knick-knacks. I like to go there to observe the goings-on, and to people-watch.

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May 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Roast Meats Culture

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Roast Meats Culture

Roast Meats Culture

Passers-by peer into the window of the local roast and grilled meats place. I made this image in the Changning district of Shanghai. Windows like this dot the bustling streets of most Chinese cities and, come to think of it, most Chinese communities around the world. This stuff is our fast food.

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May 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Beijing at Night

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These are a couple images that I made while wandering around the Sanlitun area in Beijing. The first is of one of the famous ring roads (3rd, in this case). I shot this on the third night of National Day Golden Week, so traffic was fairly light, allowing me capture the Chinese characters (出口 – exit) in the roadway.

Third Ring Road 三环路

 

This second image is of the Yashow Clothing Market. A haggler’s paradise, this is where you can get everything from knockoff Guccis to infamous Red Army hats to jade amulets. Sanlitun is the nightlife and embassy district so even though it was Golden Week, the place was hopping.

Yashow Clothing Market 雅秀服装市场

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December 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Stepping Out

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Some of you know that I have an odd fascination with shooting in airports. I made this image in Chengdu International, on my way back to Beijing. Between arriving late and leaving early, I didn’t get to see much of the city….something that needs to be rectified the next time I’m in the area. Who will go with me?

Stepping Out

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