Posts Tagged ‘shopping

29
Jun
10

Take to the Street (Part 2)

The second of a two-part series of a self-imposed regiment of hip, chest and over-the-shoulder shooting with a 35mm f1.4. Primes are perfect in its speed, restraint and the boundaries you can push with them within those limitations. It’s all about taming plastic and glass into submission.

With a camera, a jaunt turns into a moving picture, capturing a favored Shanghai past-time: shopping.

On weekends, come rain or shine, the city buzzes alive with an even greater need to consume in small and large quantities. The hunger and temptation are palpable. Buy, buy, BUY!

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(Part 1 can be found here.)

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15
Jun
10

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

“Hello. Bag? Watch? Jacket? See this menu, we have everything.”

Try to side-step.

“No thanks.”

“Round the corner only la. Watch? Bag? DVD?”

“No. No!”

Walk faster.

“Come on la. LV? Gucci? Prada? Watch? Ba..”

Start running. Hawker starts fading into the distance. Success!

“Hello. Bag? Watch? DVD?”

“Arghh!! Where do you guys COME FROM?”

June 2010

21
Feb
10

Worn sole, worn soul

Apparently, in shoe factories in China, it takes two hundred pairs of hands to make a running shoe. Cutters stamp sheets of fabric to form soles, stitchers then sew them together along with logos, shoelace eyelets etc, followed by sole workers who use an infrared oven to glue the soles and frame together. Assemblers will, of course, further assemble the various parts into a final product and finishers will do a quality check and pack.  (“Factory Girls”, Leslie Chang, 2009)

So much labor and so many man-hours. A never-ending supply chain that envelops an entire country.

How many pairs of shoes does a construction worker go through in his work-life time? I wonder.

October 2009

11
Feb
10

Street glamour

A little randomness along Changle Lu, Shanghai’s boho-fashion district.

The female shopkeeper wandered out, eyed my camera and said casually, “The dress is very beautiful. Are you interested?”

I smiled and replied, “It is lovely but I don’t think I’ll fit into it.”

The smile was but fleeting and a scowl came over her face.

“Then you either pay for a shot or buy a dress. Otherwise, get out of here.”

April 2009




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