An interesting aspect to this week’s Chinese theme is the outsider’s perspective. I came across this set of photos on Flickr from Harry Kaufman which I thought did a nice job of capturing two sides of China – contrasting the large, beautiful buildings that line the horizon with the small, dilapidated structures crumbling at their feet. The photos were mostly taken in Shanghai and Chongqing, two of the five National Central Cities, a concept to try and urbanize China.
It’s so interesting to see photos like these because it’s so much different from where I grew up, where I currently live and what I’ve come to think of as a city. To me, it would be really bizarre to be driving down the freeway and see these shacks where people are living. The closest thing we have to something like this here in Los Angeles would be Skid Row, but that’s made of tents and only exists in about 5 square blocks. It makes me really thankful for have what I have.