I stayed in Shanghai from August 2007 to July 2008, for some study purpose. At that time, the city was developing incredibly fast, skycrappers were emerging here and there, big shining stores opened in (more or less) clean streets, spreading Western fashion. But what caught my eye, just next to these wealthy streets, was some poor areas which had not be razed to the ground yet for the sake of the development of the city. Time seemed frozen there, nothing really changed compared to 20 years earlier, when China has just begun to opened the doors : street hairdressers waiting customers on a worn chair, old people playing mah-jong loudly while some chickens were freely passing by. This surprising contrast inspired me greatly and my love for photography was born there. I shot with a cheap compact camera, a Nikon Coolpix L11, without any manual settings and a low resolution, but I still love these pics and see this serie as one of my best.

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