Archive for August, 2014

Hido Seek

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Seemingly devoid of any life beyond the army of hard-hatted construction workers on the lower floors, this huge retail development in Tianjin eschewed a quiet, almost melancholy feel.

Languishing around the walls, glamorous women seemed to be caught in limbo, anxiously waiting a change in fortune.

I couldn’t help thinking this is must be what it’s like to go shopping with Todd Hido.

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I liked the visual of that so much I entered a series that pondered the notion into the International Photography Awards. Amusingly, the series was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Architecture category. Go figure.

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Pleats to Meet You Two

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

One of the wonderful things about returning to a location you have photographed previously is to see how the area around it has developed. In November 2011, when I first photographed the SOM designed Jinta Tower (now called the Tanjin World Financial Center), there was very little activity along the riverfront. Pathways were still in construction, the traffic was a total mess and the tower had very few occupied floors.

Now, as the massive adjacent Riverside 66 development opens, there is an almost constant flow of people and activity along the river and around the base of the tower. Packs of briskly chattering women, all clad is bright pink, fly back and forth on their morning powerwalks, groups of fishermen tend to their rods and every evening a parade of locals gets out for a stroll after dinner with kids, dogs and birdcages in tow.

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