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Laughing In The Purple

I’m slowly starting to come back to life and getting out to see a little more of the city while Stephen teaches.

I have discovered that there is a paucity of purple on the streets of Shanghai, which made today’s photography subject something of a challenge. Purple is hard to shoot when you can’t find any purple.

Some of you will recognise this, one of the most famous purple buildings in the world.

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

The other famous Chinese purple thing is a little more down to earth.

Dragon fruit, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Dragon fruit, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Purple flowers are easy to find here, but it’s not easy to make them an interesting picture.

Purple flowers in a sea of pink, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Purple flowers in a sea of pink, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Strangely, purple seems to be a Christmas colour here, and almost all the Christmas trees are decked out in purple balls.

Christmas in Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Christmas in Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

It’s not uncommon to see dyed hair in Shanghai, but purple is a little unusual.

Purple ponytail, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Purple ponytail, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

When I grow up, I want to paint my bike purple.

Purple bikes, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

Purple bikes, Shanghai, purple photo exercise.

I’m pretty excited about tomorrow, when I’ll spend the day shooting Urban Nature.  

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6 Comments

  1. David B. says:

    You should make a ‘Reaching Out’ post like Tara & Tyler from GoingSlowly (nov 19, 2009), I think you’d be surprised by the extend of your readership!
    They still receive comments on this page ‘almost’ weekly!
    But I only suggest…

    David…following since the beginning of your trip :-)

    • Jane says:

      Great idea David! I had forgotten about this post, but will get one up on our site before we leave Shanghai.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Glad you are feeling better! Love watching these photos evolve through your daily photo discipline. Thanks as always for sharing your experiences.

    • Jane says:

      Thanks Kimberly! Some days I’m having trouble getting motivated to get behind the camera, so it really helps to know someone is out there enjoying the process.

    • Kimberly says:

      We are absolutely enjoying every twist and turn that your entire trip has taken! My friends, family, and co-workers all ask me to update them on your travels since I’ve regaled them with your blog posts and observations (and I think several of them are now following your posts too!). So many people in our close circle are all connected by a shared philosophy of living simply, stewardship for the environment, yogic practice and philosophy, and lovingkindness and your journey and keen observations and beautiful writing have resonated with us. My (future) son-in-law lives in Romania and he was hoping like heck that you would trek through his beautiful country like your original map showed because he was so taken with your observations from your travels through Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Hungary (he thought your observations of Hungary were spot on!) that he was excited to see how Romania ranked! So while my little cohort of friends in rural western New York State and Romania have never met either you or Stephen, we’ve been sharing the world through your beautiful photos and words and appreciate all that you do and express to build a sense of community throughout the world. Namaste!

    • Jane says:

      Awww, this comment makes me so happy. I love how the internet can connect us in such random ways and am so glad that we’ve been able to entertain and inspire you a little bit as we make our way around the world. There are definitely days when we wonder why the heck we’re doing this, and this connection to the people we know (and don’t) around the world is a big part of it.

      My big regret from Europe was that we didn’t get to Romania. It was the one country I really wanted to visit and somehow we just didn’t manage to get there.

      As we say on an almost daily basis “next time”.