Thought I’d compile my most “interesting” (favorite, influential, etc.) shots from the past year.
Notable events: Welcoming 2009 in Belgium/Holland; Best Man at the TOMMEL wedding in Miami; Dystopia ¦ Utopia solo photo exhibition; Goodbye NY / Hello SH; 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China; Taoist Monastery outside Chongqing; Shanghai/Shanghai/Shanghai; and of course all the people that made it happen.
Last Sunday [while it was snowing!] I went with my girl to hit up the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (Official site / Frommer’s site), which is home to the largest to-scale city model in the world: Shanghai 2020!
I have always been a architecture fiend, and this was a hidden delight. Well, maybe not so hidden, as the Exhibition Center is located inside a massive modern building in the middle of People’s Square. 5 floors of exhibits chronicle the history and modernization of Shanghai, from the feudal dynasties (SH was a fishing village), to when the first Europeans arrived to trade (SH was a fishing village), through to today (when SH was a massive city), and on into the future (when SH turns into the worlds’ economic metropolis of the world (you heard it hear first!)).
Old photographs were what I found the most interesting, as the trasformation of this city is truly beyond words. Just look at the image of the Pudong skyline in my last post, when I was in Shanghai for the first time some 10 years ago, only 3-4 buildings were built (including the Pearl Tower), so I can only imagine what Shanghai will look like in another decade in 2020… oh wait nevermind, on the 5th floor they have the worlds largest to-scale city-model in the world: Shanghai 2020!
The center obviously showcases much about the upcoming Shanghai Expo, and I can’t wait to see some of the structures they are planning to build, truly remarkable stuff. Still can’t decide which one I will like more… Thomas Heatherwick’s UK Pavilion (consisting of 60,000 transparent rods) or the Switzerland Pavilion by Buchner Bründler Architects (which has a ski lift through, over, and around it -no I am not joking).
2009 was a fine year, but 2010 will be the shiznit.
Now I bring you my highlights of a year in Facebook status updates:
is actually REALLY gonna miss that retarded ape we have grown to love… ah yes, Mr. Bush
is getting fitted & suited for his gig as best man this summer
is runnin around robbing banks all wacked off of scooby snacks
just got his foot into the door of a gallery, now if only he can get his work in there too
is Brooklyn’s answer to Travis Bickle
is preparing for tomorrows dystopian onslaught
c’mon people… stop dying
is having issues on finding a suitable way of transporting his beast of a CPU
is worried about tonight… between my friends’ threats of “kill[ing] me with alcohol” and finalizing my move, is a large fuzzy area
Peace out America!!
has eaten more Chinese food than you have in the past week
SavageHenry 3.0 is online!
just realized that “1,2,3″ in Mandarin sounds like a homie tryin to get to the hospital… “E.R., son!”
So apparently in China I might be one in a million, but that still means there are over a thousand others just like me
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
So, today marks the last year of my 20′s… which has had many ups and downs, but I couldn’t find myself in a better place then where I am now.
As a gift to myself, I’ve spent the entire day nestled in HTML renovating my core website TIMVAN.com. Check it out, but if you’re reading this you know this is where the juicy stuff is.
Thanks Mom & Dad for having me!
October fourteenth… nothing special really, just fixed up a couple random images I overlooked the past couple weeks, enjoy!
The police car is the mighty Volkswagen Santana, which since its introduction in 1983 has sold more than 3.3million in China alone and had almost 50% market-share back in the 1990′s.
Tianzifang is definitely worth the visit. Not to mention only 15min walking from where I live (who knew?!). Quaint, and in a city like Shanghai that is extremely difficult to come by. Located between Taikang Lu and Jianguo Lu, it is filled with little boutiques, galleries, and restaurants and is situated in the traditional tiny backstreets that are massively giving way to apartment complexes elsewhere in this urban jungle. The locals still live in these streets, so it is somewhat strange to see the little old lady washing clothes in a sink next to modern art galleries (last picture).
Tianzifang still has a real feel, whereas Xin Tian Di (a more well-known and remodeled version of the backstreets) gave way to über expensive restaurants and bars. Xin Tian Di still holds a notch in my record books for most expensive beer I have ever bought ($20.29 for 1.0 liter of Paulaner Lager at the Paulaner Bräuhaus), beating out a 1.0 liter of Würzburger Pilsener for $12 from Zum Schneider in NYC and a $14.50 bottle of Stella Artois from the New York Palace Hotel, plus tip.
I ended up having a Long Island Ice Tea for 35RMB (same price of a Heineken) at an Indian restaurant called Lotus Land… my new-found friend is planning on opening an Indian fusion bar & grill in the very near future, so we were testing out the competition.
It’s a shame that it’s been raining all day, as I’ve wanted to go explore the festivities planned for today. The firework spectacle takes place in just over an hour, so I’m sure I’ll have a glimpse of that.
As for yesterday, I certainly heard a ton of explosions, and assumed they were fireworks… but I couldn’t see/find the damn things. I ended up going to Pudong, taking metro line 2 to Dongchang Road and walking back to the Lujiazui station (I live nearby the Line 1 South Shanxi station, you can check out a subway map here). The clouds were absolutely sensational… the colored lights from buildings literally saturated the sky, and once again impeccable timing, as it started raining just when I was wrapping up.
The first two images are panoramas, the vertical consisting of 8 images, and the [messed up] 360-degree horizontal of 13 (the building with the antenna just off-center is the stock exchange).
Also check out the differences in clouds between a 1.6sec and 30sec exposure. You can even notice a blue radiance on the top right, from the blue lights that decorate the front/back of the Shanghai World Financial Center… not to mention the amazing glow from the apartment buildings to the left.
I have more images (I took about 140, which is more than double the standard Tim Shoot), but these are the only ones I cleaned up, more will be added later. Have a good night/day wherever you may be and Happy 60th Birthday PRC!!
[also happy birthday to my Italian brother Salvo, have a good one yo!]
Dope video from the crazy parade in Beijing by Dan Chung: