Everyday Shanghai In Pictures

By Jane | November 26, 2013

8,008 km so far.

Today I got to take pictures of Everyday Things. It kind of feels like cheating to do this assignment in Shanghai, since so many things that are everyday here are extraordinary to my eyes.

Tomorrow we’ll be moving out of our windowless hotel room, so I decided to start by capturing a little of its pedestrian essence.

Then we visited Sumerian Cafe. I left Stephen drinking some excellent Chinese coffee while I braved the cold to shoot.

Glasses and lemon water at Sumerian Cafe, Shanghai.

Glasses and lemon water at Sumerian Cafe, Shanghai.

Shanghai has re-purposed their phone boxes. Does this make them relevant again?

WiFi box, Shanghai.

WiFi box, Shanghai.

As usual, walking down alleyways reveals the everyday of life in the city.

Laundry and air con, Shanghai.

Laundry and air con, Shanghai.

Things tend towards the utilitarian here, especially in public spaces.

Outdoor lighting, Shanghai.

Outdoor lighting, Shanghai.

People seem to be continuously cleaning the floor.

Or sweeping leaves and debris off the streets.

Twig brooms, Shanghai.

Twig brooms, Shanghai.

Yet, not everything is exactly spotless.

Crowded kitchen, Shanghai.

Crowded kitchen, Shanghai.

But, this is Shanghai, so if it’s frills and spotlessness you desire, it’s yours (if you can afford it).

Designer chairs at Sumerian Cafe, Shanghai.

Designer chairs at Sumerian Cafe, Shanghai.

Tomorrow I’ll be sitting and waiting for the shot to come to me. Sounds boring and cold. We’ll see.  

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