wave to the camera!

wave to the camera - street photography

guangzhou, peoples republic of china

These guys could have been security guards, bus drivers or special forces for all I knew.

In any event they seemed more interested in my camera than carrying out their mysterious duties!

the daily news

the daily news - street photography

guangzhou, peoples republic of china

A very creative way of maximizing distribution of your message (sorry – news).

Newspapers at the time were simply mouthpieces of the state with the practice of posting news and information on walls originating in the cultural revolution.

the wall #2

the wall - street photography

guangzhou, peoples republic of china

On the other side of this wall is a huge development under construction as depicted on the wall itself.

On this side of the wall it pretty much looks like a construction site or at least a place that has fallen into disrepair through serious lack of maintenance.

These were the early days of the real estate boom where pretty much anything could be built anywhere as long as the developer had the foresight to grease the right palms at the right time.

Local ordinances, building codes and general public safety were just not in the developers lexicon.

No wonder she is scratching her head!

the young entrepreneur

the young entrepreneur - street photography

guangzhou, peoples republic of china

A grab shot taken from the chest.

A generation of young entrepreneurs was just starting out and with no cell phones or public phones available storekeepers were developing a lucrative second income stream by charging them for the use of their phones.