Through A River Darkly
Dawn in Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower reflected in the dark waters of Suzhou Creek. Between 4am and 5am is my favourite time of day to shoot the Bund and Pudong - with the sun rising above the concrete monoliths of Pudong. It is also the quietest time of day, with barely a soul on the streets.
For me, this image sums up how I feel about Shanghai …
One can never truly put one’s faith in Shanghai, it is a city that breeds distrust, doubt and cynicism. It is a city that encourages lies and deceit. If one stays here too long (as I have), it can twist and corrupt your faith in human nature. And, if you are not careful, it can hurt you.
But each dawn reflected on Suzhou Creek inspires new possibilities: with a little luck, good weather and a strong mind things can be different. Hope is what brings the hoards to Shanghai; and hope renewed is what keeps them here.