Manhattan Monday 24 – Chinatown 3

Random shots taken in Chinatown in September, 2014.

New York City, new camera, Shopping

New York City, new camera, Shopping

New York City, new camera, Photo bombed

New York City, new camera, Photo bombed

New York City, new camera, souvenirs

New York City, New camera, Souvenirs

Sometimes the photographer ends up in the shot…

New York City, new camera, door reflections

New York City, New camera, Door Reflections

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Manhattan Monday #10

Midtown Manhattan Conference

Midtown Manhattan Conference

It’s pretty hard to do street photography, which concentrates on people, from the top of a bus. Just when you think you have a shot lined up, the light changes and the bus moves. Or a truck moves between you and your subject. Or there’s a parked car blocking part of the shot (as with the photo below).

New York City Street  Corner in Midtown

New York City Street Corner in Midtown

Photos taken from the top of a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus in Midtown Manhattan on a very hot June day with a Sony RX100III.

Streetside Zhongshan

Zhongshan 2013

Zhongshan, a block or two from the river in the previous post.

Scooters, the transport of choice, unless you happen to have a tricycle:

Efficient transportation and parking.

Efficient transportation and parking.

Oven mitt hand-protectors!

Oven mitt hand-protectors!

A working tricycle: recycling

A working tricycle: recycling

Back on the hotel side of the bridge – street vendors.

In colour and cropped.

In colour and cropped.

In Black and White and not cropped.

In Black and White and not cropped.

In the background, the pedestrian bridge we crossed.

In the background, the pedestrian bridge we crossed.

Zhongshan 2013

Yangshuo Street Photography

This woman was so tired and couldn't keep her eyes open, yet she had to look after the baby. I felt sorry for her, but wasn't in the market for knives!

This woman was so tired and couldn’t keep her eyes open, yet she had to look after the baby. I felt sorry for her, but wasn’t in the market for knives!

The same photo in Black and White, which I prefer.

Guilin

Another sleepy vendor.

Another sleepy vendor.

They say that street photography gets easier over time. Not wanting to be too obvious about shooting people, I tried a few from the hip. This one is the only one I liked.

Shot from the hip.

Shot from the hip.

At last, we headed out of the heat and back to our hotel for Chinese massages before the evening light show. No photos of the massages!

Leaving the market, anxious to get out of the heat.

Leaving the market, anxious to get out of the heat.

Just outside the market, mid afternoon, so no food customers.

Just outside the market, mid afternoon, so no customers.

Chongqing Street Photography

At least one pig isn't flying.

At least one pig isn’t flying.

All flying!

All flying! But no pigs.

Giant pinwheels.

Giant pinwheels.

At the intersection of the two major streets making up this shopping precinct was a giant monument, which also shows up in the first photo in the previous post. It must have been a meeting place, because most people were scanning the swirling crowd.

Waiting for ....

Waiting for ….

I don’t recall seeing food vendors on the high-end pedestrian streets, but there must have been at least one just beyond where our bus was parked. The next two photos were taken from the bus window before we pulled away from Chongqing. The girl with the hat caught my eye and grinned.

A style of her own!

A style of her own!

At  least the garbage was in the bin!

At least the garbage was in the bin!

Next China post – Chongqing children

Still Shopping in Chongqing

This was a the end of the week long celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic.  The crowds were huge.

This was at the end of the week-long celebrations of the founding of the People’s Republic. The crowds were huge.

Because there were so many people out and about in Chongqing, we were not taken to the touristy spot which was on our itinerary; I don’t even know what the spot was supposed to be!  Our local guide had been told it was overly crowded.  The guides’ solution was to drop us off in a shopping precinct. As someone who generally dislikes shopping, I did not warmly welcome this solution – but hey – it yielded great photo opportunities.

More crowds, more smog.

More crowds, more smog.

At one point we went inside a shopping complex to look for toilets.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres on the street.

Inside one of the less ritzy shopping centres in the neighbourhood.

Another view from inside the same building.

Another view from inside the same building.

And part way through our stay we partook of another American brand – which is not mentioned in its English version in these photos!

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds.  And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

It was a welcome relief to have somewhere to sit down and get away from the crowds. And the Chinese script on the ads was refreshing.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

A lovely hand-drawn sign.

Next Chinese post: More Chongqing street photography.

Conspicuous Consumption Chongqing

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one some day.

Ah, Mont Blanc. I still dream of owning one of you some day.

The ads and the high-end stores would have you believe that much money is being spent in China on luxury goods.  Our tour guides told us several times that Chinese people with money do like to show it off.  We found that branded goods –  at least the ones we looked at: Apple products, and cameras – were much more expensive in China.

The faded look to the buildings is because of - your guessed it - smog.

The faded look to the buildings is because of – you guessed it – smog.

I don't suppose Samsung is considered a glamourous item these days.

I don’t suppose Samsung is considered a luxury
item these days.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Classical columns and giant ads front one shopping arcade.

Another interesting side note on consumption was that we were given two opportunities for buying knock-offs, another product for which China is known.

I liked the graphics on this window.  We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

I liked the graphics on this window. We were inside this shopping centre because someone in our group had discovered that the washrooms were really nice!

Warning: selfie below…

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses...

I have never understood the fascination with high end purses…

Next Chinese post: more from Chongqing’s high-end shopping district.