August 4, 2015
Omar Reyes

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The pictures I have taken in Shanghai over the past 30 days evidence how amazing this city is. It's been 30 days and I’m sure three months will not be enough to see everything this great city has to offer. The books I read and the videos I saw are nothing like being here. The mix of the traditional with the new and how both things coexist in harmony are amazing. Here, the Yin Yang controls all aspects of life. The symbolism, colors, aromas and taste define much of what happens every day.

Each day, I walk from the apartment to the office. It’s a 15 minute walk, however, it is great, because besides being a good exercise, it also allows me to be in contact with the people, something that I enjoy. Everything here happens in a messy order. I share (if that is the word) the sidewalk with motorcycles of all sizes and bicycles of all ages and styles. Trust me, you can carry seven 5 gallon water bottles on a motorcycle. And, four people can fit on a bicycle at the same time, and by the way, one was texting. At first it was difficult, but now I'm an expert at dodging vendors and people walking in all directions. Sometimes I change the route on my way home and walk through alleys from where people come and go without stopping. Do you know that Shanghai is one of the safest cities in the world?  That allows me to be a little more risky and walk into places that in other cities I would not dare. These alleys showed me a side of Shanghai that we commonly do not see in books or web pages. That's the side that I want to share with all of you through my pictures. This network of streets and labyrinths which serve as a microcosm of the city. These street facades are designed by people, where the program of spaces is based on their immediate needs, or the needs of each family or each community. Their inventiveness is their building code and their creativity resolves any design problem. Here I share with you some of the pictures. I assure you that some of these images have changed me.

I miss you all...

 

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