More about the Stephen A Swartzman building can be found here.
Earlier blog posts about the library can be found here and in the posts just before and after.
Random shots taken in Chinatown in September, 2014.
Sometimes the photographer ends up in the shot…
In a neighbourhood full of pedestrians and street life, deliveries must go on, and sometimes traffic has to be held up to do it.
In September 2014 we walked from Pier 11, under the Brooklyn Bridge, through Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita, NYU, and Washington Square Park before succumbing to exhaustion and finding the nearest subway station to take us to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and back to Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.
I loved the outside fire escapes and the bright colours, the Chinese characters and the street life, of which, more to come in future posts.
Photos taken with Sony R100III, the second day I owned it.
Not all the urban photos from the top of the bus looked better in black and white! There are about nine shades of orange in the bricks in this picture and four shades of blue to the concrete of the taller buildings around them.
Henry Street, on the lower east side, is part of one of the many Chinese neighbourhoods in Manhattan. There is no longer just one Chinatown.
Photos taken, as the two previous Manhattan Monday posts, from the top of a double decker bus.
The central and mid-level escalators were constructed 20 years ago to allow people to commute up and down Hong Kong’s steep hills. There will be more pictures taken from on and around the escalator route in my next three Hong Kong posts.
We decided that riding the escalators would be a good way to see some of the city, but only rode them up. Finding our way down was a little more problematic and less photogenic:
Shortly after this underpass we found the Hong Kong Zoo and Botanic Garden, but between the low light and my urban fatigue, I didn’t take any photos!
In a sea of modern high rises, it is the smaller, more architecturally interesting buildings that stand out.
Next posts: Street photography and art in mid-level Hong Kong.
After the harbour light show we walked back to the Metro (called, in English, MTR.)
We had to walk up a major shopping street to get to the Metro…
In tropical and sub-tropical countries, orchids abound. But to a northerner, seeing them in flower boxes or growing wild, it seems very exotic.
This photo was taken before the light show as we walked back down from Victoria Peak (previous post) to get the Star Ferry (previous post) back to Kowloon.
Here’s a selection of photos from Macau which, I thought, looked better in monochrome. The better to show off the smog in the first two photos.
My partner and I decided to forego the temptation of the casinos in Taipa, and the swimming pool at the hotel, and walk into the commercial centre of Taipa. At the pharmacy below we finally found aspirin, which we had been unable to figure out how to buy since Shanghai! It wasn’t quite dark, but it was smoggy and the buildings were tall so the lights are already on. The boys??? Well, make up your own mind.
The photo above gives some idea of the tourist traffic in and around St. Paul’s facade.
The following two photos are of the narrow street leading from the remaining facade of St. Paul’s to Senado Square.
The layout of the tiles in Senado Square, in the middle of the touristy area of Macau, gave a tromp d’oeil feeling of an uneven plaza. The ground is perfectly level but even the pictures are deceiving. I don’t know if the phone holder is taking a ‘selfie’ or a shot of the plaza.
This next “street photo” was taken in Zhuhai near the Fisher Girl, similar to a photo from a couple of posts ago, except that a beggar has been added to the scene. We did see beggars at some tourist sites, but not very many.
The following photo is an orphan, not having any relatives in any other post. We thought the red jacket might have belonged to Mao (?)
And finally, a shot of an ad for a CANADIAN English language school. It was a bit of a surprise to me to learn recently that in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I live, the most-spoken language after English and French is Chinese. After thinking about it for a while, I’m not really surprised at all!
Nothing on the agenda. How nice just to wander.
Our hotel in Zhongshan was near a pedestrian bridge over the river – which we crossed. We found a trade fair (no photos) and a clean peaceful neighbourhood. One wonders where all the people were.
The building design was modern but ordinary.
A working man and his boat
Next Chinese post: Street photography – aaah there are some of the people.