Electric scooters are rampant on the streets of Hangzhou. Throughout my 10-day stint there, I came across only one petroleum-based motorcycle. The noise induced by typical motorcycle exhausts was pleasantly missing. In the university campus where I visited, riding an electric scooter doesn’t require a license nor wearing a helmet. My greatest regret was not having an opportunity to ride one when I was there.
The often harsh demeanour of the streets makes a stage right exit whenever one of these extra cute faces makes an appearance. Dressed for the occasion, even if was just a casual walk down Shao Xing Road, Shanghai, this little guy exuded the attitude of “Bring it on!”
Candymakers at He Fang Jie, Hangzhou. Not every candy is sweet. Sour candy brings a very different taste experience. Don’t stereotype.
The buzz of Shanghai changes mode once you enter Shao Xing Road. There, the residents put on relaxed hats and subconsciously invite you to slow down your steps. If I had only bring my own recliner.
You all laughed because I’m different. I laughed because you’re all the same. Food for thought.
At the end of the day, life is what you put in and not what you get out.
Self-portrait, September 2017.
A silversmith doing what he does best. To me who shoot on the street, there’s always something captivating about a craftsman focused on the job. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice before one masters a craft. Both he and I are working on that.
I saw myself in this boy. His fascination with the toy was priceless to me. That was my starting point and foundation in a life of creativity. Whenever I felt I’ve reached saturation, this is the point I return to. May I never lose that wonder at the simplest things and having fun. There lies the magic to create.