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Xinchang Guzhen…

After recently watching the movie Lust, Caution a request for pictures of Xinchang was made of me. See, parts of the movie were filmed there and I’d forgotten about that and had also forgotten that I took some pictures there way back in 2009. I take a lot of pictures. Anyway, a few snapshots of Xinchang for g and anybody interested. This is a very informative write-up if visiting, I wish we had read that first instead of taking a taxi from Shanghai a la Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

 

 

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Travels in Washington & Oregon…

A while back, when it still meant certain death to be in the Texas sun for more than a few seconds, I visited the Pacific Northwest. It was lovely. The weather, the trees, the food, the people.  I’m hoping for a winter visit to get my chilly beach walks and tea drinking on, but would gladly settle for eating at one of the thousand or so Asian vegetarian restaurants in Seattle. I took a bunch of cameras and amid the camera juggling (film vs. digital, B&W vs. color, portrait vs. wide, etc…), the iPhone still got plenty of action. Also, after a visit to the Portland Art Museum for a Japanese print exhibit, I was inspired to go vertical with composition and cropping – it seemed fitting. I’ve also done some vertical palladium prints since then, but that will be for another post.

 

Sutra, highly recommended! Veg, wheat-free, and not an oversalted fake meat product filled dish in sight.

 

 

 

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Comfort, Texas

I escaped the city for a few days along Cypress Creek in Comfort, Texas. It was only a tiny bit cooler there, but a world away in all other ways. Mornings were picture taking, days were junking and reading. Nights were sleeping under pecan branches with moony face and two different types of fireflies. One of which had a blue flash that stayed with us into the night long after the others were spent. The first two were taken on a Hasselblad with b & w film, the last two are scans.

 

 

Along Cypress Creek...

 

Murk wood, waking dreaming, dreaming drowning. A print of this one in the works...

 

 

Leaves found...

 

Also, this amazing tiny gutta percha daguerreotype case with a bearded gent inside.

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Back to Shanghai…

More shots from Shanghai during Spring Festival. These are around Shanghai town, with a few of Jing’an Temple. The temple was very close to the apartment, so much chill time was spent there. There are many nooks to escape the crowded street and refresh.

Shot on a Holga with slide film.

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Shanghai street snapshots

Taken 2009 during Spring Festival, shot on a Holga with slide film. I’ve been calling these Ghosts of Shanghai because it’s likely skyscrapers have replaced buildings in these photographs since that time. Some of these were taken in old town Shanghai. Not the partially fake old town shopping complex with the mysterious (non-existent?) garden. Other shots were in the Jing’an District and the former French Concession.

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