Upcoming Trip to Shanghai

I will go to Shanghai in the second week of November, my third trip to the city. The first time I went, there was in 2011 and stayed for around six months. The next time was in 2016 for three days. And this time I think it will be for two weeks.

Shanghai is one of my favourite cities. Home to my favourite shoe brand (Feiyue) and one of my favourite restaurant (Shanghai Grandmother). The people are warm, and there is always something happening on the street, which is great for a photographer like me. Though not sure how much time I will get to photograph since like in the past, this is a business trip. So, time will be limited but happy that I will have a weekend to spend there. And from experience, it should be good enough to have some fun.

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This or that

We live in the era of Fiction Capitalism a term coined by Vicente Verdú, a Spanish writer, journalist and economist. Joan Fontcuberta in his book Pandora’s Camera best describes this era. To paraphrase him, essentially we live in a time when we’ve moved from marketing of physical objects to marketing of fictions, illusions, and most of all images. It is the time when images make up the foundation of our existence.

And at heart of that image (the general impression that a person, organisation, or product presents to the public) building is an image (the photograph). Since everyone is creating a ‘curated’ view of their image using images, needless to say, the later itself is getting more fictional.

This is where it gets confusing for me. And this post is about that confusion – should I go for this or that.

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