Today's guest post brings us scenes from the east. My good friend, graphic artist Judy Brandt recently spent some time in Shanghai and Beijing and has put together some photos of China showing the differences in daily life from what you'd find in the west. I'm fascinated...
China bombarded us with opposites: the most historic and classic beauty— set against the most commercial or most cutting-edge modern. But along with that, I was most intrigued by things I saw just walking around, and what was considered totally “normal” in Chinese daily life, but was “most curious” to my western eyes.
Here are some examples:
Every park, even the zoo, had groups of people in different areas exercising in their own styles. Also there were small groups practicing their music, cracking whips as exercise, dancing, singing, stretching and playing LOTS of card games.
Some commonly seen menswear on the street: pajamas and open midriff.
Little children often don’t have diapers on. There is this style of having pants cut out in the center so they can just defecate when they need to. I also saw someone holding their child over a public garbage pail so he could urinate.
At a jazz band performance in a historic Shanghai hotel bar, a woman jumped in next to the trumpet player so her friend could take a snapshot of her. At a tourism museum, many people jumped into the exhibit dioramas for photo-ops.
There is a large TV with advertisements in front of this ancient shrine. Also there are even bigger televisions in Tianamen Square.
I have many more beautiful pictures of China: the historic sights, beautiful new cutting edge architecture, fantastic food and gorgeous artifacts. Beijing and Shanghai are world-class cities—with contradictions and eccentricities that will keep it accessible to the “People.”
Bio: Judy Brandt is a graphic and product designer, fine art photographer and lover of all things visual. Traveling gives her great inspiration to create and she hopes to see a lot more of Asia and Australia, since she has moved to Melbourne from her native New York City. Her latest project is EarRapps.