Because I was involved in a ridiculous amount of work in the last week, I have not had a chance to take a picture or even write a word except for lesson plans and comments on my students’ work. I am itching to “get out there” and see what my Nikon can find.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these shots of homes that I took last summer in Shanghai. I was surprised that everywhere I traveled in China, I saw laundry hanging from balconies, doorways, and window ledges. Here in the US, we keep our laundry behind closed doors or hanging on lines in the back yard, away from the eyes of strangers. Different cultures.
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Some small businesses away from the major business district
On a street away from the major business district
An apartment above a shop
Apartment building near a huge camera store
A few minutes before, I had seen these boys playing in a small fish pond inside of a peaceful meditation garden. Can you see the laundry hanging from the balconies?
Looking through the window of my hotel room in Shanghai
A tighter view of the rooftops from my hotel room reveals the ubiquitous laundry.
A side street off the Nanjing Lu
I liked this blue shirt that seems to be waiting for its person.
No laundry hanging from this apartment building protected by a heavy iron fence
Near the major business areas
I frequently walked this street in the French Concession.
Beyond the gate are homes.
There are many courtyards such as this on the streets I walked every day.
I struggled with this image, trying to clean it up, make the buildings sharper, get rid of the mist, make the river look better…… and I finally realized that NO! this is what I saw and felt. I took this during my first day in China after a walk along Nanjing Lu. This is Shanghai in misty rain. I am looking at the Pudong Skyline located on the east side of the Huangpu River. Behind me are the beautiful old buildings of the Bund.
I was in China for 5 1/2 weeks and never saw the sun; occasionally I saw a hint of blue sky. Not every day was overcast like this, however; many days the skies were simply flat gray. I wonder if I stayed there for a year, would see the sun and blue skies? It must happen because I’ve seen spectacular images of blue, sunny, panoramic views. This image, though, is my experience. It casts a bit of mystical mood for me…a softness which I like.