Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Shanghai Graffiti Photos (Juxtapoz)

Photos: Graffiti in Shanghai, China
Chris Osburn, London Correspondent
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Generally speaking, graffiti in Shanghai is an extremely rare sight. Buildings come and go at such a rapid pace that, even if an intrepid artist had touched up a particular wall, there's a good chance that said wall would have been demolished soon after ... The exception to this rule is Moganshan Road, where you can hardly take a step without spotting some graff. The area around Moganshan Road is Shanghai's art district where, luckily, the art isn't just confined to the galleries and shops.

here for complete post and all the photos.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Photographing China (PhotoBox)

Photographing China
Chris Osburn, PhotoBox blogger
June 24th, 2008

A recent three week trip to China (mostly for fun but with a little business thrown in for good measure) provided an overabundance of photo opportunities and a range of fascinating experiences to impart with readers of the PhotoBox blog. With the Olympics soon to commence in Beijing and unprecedented economic growth stimulating a building boom the likes of which the world has never seen, the difficulty wasn’t deciding when to snap a photo but having the wherewithal to put the camera away at all!

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Expat Perspective - Chris in Freiburg - Mom's Visit

Welcome to the latest instalment of Expat Perspective, a series of posts by guest writers who come from X but are living long term in Y. Here's the latest post from Chris Mavergames, an American librarian who's recently settled into family life in Southern Germany.

Recently, my mother, who is 67, came for a visit. She's been to Freiburg, a city nestled in the heart of the Südschwarzwald (southern Black Forest) region of Germany - last year right after our son Arvo was born. But, I'm always interested in what she finds interesting about where we live. For example, nearly all German dwellings have rolladen on the windows, a type of rolling shutter that lowers to completely cover the window rendering the room pitch black if you like. I've become used to them and forgot that we don't have those in America and they are quite helpful for mid-day naps, especially for an 18-month old!

My mother also enjoyed the "Radler" drink very much as she's not a big drinker. A Radler, also know as
Shandy (UK) or panaché (France) is a mixture of pils beer and zitronenlimonade or German style, sparkling lemonade - like Sprite but more natural. And what goes well with a cool
beverage? Football, or soccer if you prefer, of course! I was surprised by my mother's enthusiasm for the
Euro 2008 championships currently underway in the host countries of Switzlerland and Austria.

Overall, I think my mother quite enjoyed her visit here. Sadly, she had to return to America before the Euro 2008 final coming up next weekend. Perhaps she can catch it on ESPN in America, though she'll have to mix her own Radler!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Shanghai Photos on Flickr

I finally got a few of my pics from Shanghai up on Flickr, and I hope to upload more from my time in China soon. Click here to check out some of my Shanghai pics.

Photography by
Chris Osburn © 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Emiana's China Photos on Flickr

How does she do it? I'm still Photoshoppin' around with my pics from our trip to China and my better half, Emiana, has already posted a whole China set on Flickr. In fact, she's already been contacted by a Chinese blogger who posted one of her pics as part of a post about the similarities of cinnamon and the Beijing Olympic torch. Neat.

Click here to view Emiana's China set on Flickr.

Photography by Emiana © 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008

Beijing Graffiti (Juxtapoz)

Photos: Beijing Graffiti
Chris Osburn, UK Correspondent
Friday, 13 June 2008

Osburn reports, “Similar to Shanghai, Beijing doesn't appear to have much graffiti, particularly for a city of its immense size. Still, if you know where to look, there's plenty to see. One brilliant part of town to view street art is the 798 Art Zone, an abandoned military electronics complex that's now one of Beijing's handful of thriving artist districts.”

here for complete post and all the photos.