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Exploring Shanghai Suburbia

While Stephen was finishing up his last few classes in Shanghai, I decided to get out of the city centre and visit the water village of Qibao. Being only 30 metro minutes away from central Shanghai, Qibao is actually more of a water suburb than a village. I had read that one should under no […]

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Night Time Is The Light Time

8,008 km so far. I hardly ever take my camera out at night. Why bother, right? It’s too dark to take pictures anyway. But, I’ve carried around my cool little Gorillapod for 8,008 km and rarely used it, so I thought I’d dust it off and get some practice shooting some of Shanghai’s famous (and […]

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Do You Wanna Get High?

8,008 km so far. Shanghai used to be a city of long alleys lined with low townhouses called shikumen, each rising only two or three stories. These days though, architecture in Shanghai is all about looking up. Waaaay up. Since we’re currently staying on the 21st floor of an apartment building, I thought it would […]

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Workers’ Playtime

8,008 km so far. This morning’s photo assignment, People At Play, was a tough one for me. You see, I hate to photograph people. Actually, that’s not true. I love taking photos of people I know, but I hate taking photos of strangers. It makes me feel intrusive and uncomfortable; I just don’t like sticking […]

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Triple Toil And Trouble

8,008 km so far. Sick update: After two days of lying in bed, Stephen has had to get up and go teach today. He’s still hurting, but I think he’ll survive! Phew. Keen followers of this blog will notice that my ‘daily’ photo practice has gone slightly off the rails. The difficulties began with my […]

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Architecture In Shanghai

8,008 km so far. Gazing up at the buildings of a city often fills me with the same kind of awe as standing at the foot of a towering mountain or looking out across the vast ocean. It’s not just the beauty of the stone, glass, and steel structures before me, but the history that […]

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Once Around The Block

One thing that has struck us deeply about Shanghai is that people from all walks of life live right on top of one another. As far as I know, neighbourhoods are not divided into rich and poor; there is no Beverly Hills of Shanghai, there is no Skid Row. The closet thing to a fancy […]

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Urban Nature

No matter how urbanised we become, humans are creatures of nature. I’m fascinated by the way nature folds itself into every part of city living, whether it’s brought here by human hands, or happenstance. Just by gazing into their branches, city trees can fill me with calm and transport me somewhere cleaner, calmer, and earthier. […]

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Back On The Mat

8,008 km so far. For the past three days I have been teaching yoga again every day. My current schedule has me teaching at least eight days without a break, 14 classes. When I get next week’s schedule, this is likely to increase to 10 days, 12 days, or more. With most jobs, working this […]

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Becoming A Better Photographer

8,008 km so far. During this trip, I have taken thousands of pictures. And yet, with all this practice, I don’t feel as if my photography skills have improved very much. Usually my photos are OK. Occasionally I’ll stumble upon an extra good one. Very rarely would I call any of my photos great. I […]

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