Photos by Mandy. Not many words needed for this amazing concrete structure called 1933 (上海1933老场坊) a building I now understand why, is so #instafamous of a scenic photography destination here in Shanghai. I could spend hours just staring at the various perspectives created by each individual or a combination of the 26 air walks. These walkways; a series of complex pathways look almost as if a physical manifestation of paintings from the infamous M.C Escher himself.
Photos by Mandy shot on the iPhone.
Hiding from the rain on a Sunday afternoon after a LONG lunch with some amazing girls here in Shanghai, resulted in an impromptu shoot at the iconic SOHO designed by none other than Zaha Hadid.
This stairway has become a tourist attraction here in Shanghai with her ever present and distinctive neofuturistic architectural style. Finding places with dramatic back drops have become somewhat easy in Shanghai. From modern, futuristic to charming and whimsical, Shanghai seems to be a playground for photographers and instagramers alike.
I’m finally really starting to enjoy this city.
Skirt and Top: Zara//Bag: Alexander Wang//Shoes: Isabel Marant// Sunnies: Karen Walker//Ring: YSL
Photos by Mandy
Sometimes you can get so lost in the hustle and bustle of Shanghai that you can miss the beauty of this city. Amongst an urban vastness, aspects of an old city charm still can be seen through the eyes of a lens.
On Saturday, I met up with Shanghai instagrammers to explore Tianzhifan and test shoot with a fellow Aussie creative Mandy of Kaecreative. We found our way to many Shanghai rooftops with some amazing views and background textures to play with. Mandy’s aesthetic and creative style aligns so much with mine that I think we will have a lot of more creative collaborations to come. Here are just a few (or plentiful) teasers of all the amazing scenery we had at our disposal.
HAPPY NEW YEAR =)
It’s been just a little over two months since I moved to Shanghai. Having been thrown immediately in the deep end, entailing excessive amount of travel, covering seven different cities in between arrival and now, I think I can finally say, I have now finally started to settle in.
A quick round up of the “best of moments” so far here in Shanghai:
– Spent an amazing NYE with friends from home, who just happened to be holidaying in Shanghai.
– I’ve managed to move offices into a district closer to the family apartment, and with this move, comes potential new friends.
– I’ve rediscovered old friendships with an old uni friend whom I lost touch with over the last few years and discovered she had moved to Shanghai and now the proud owner of a sustainable design boutique featuring handmade and designed furnishings. Check out her cute Etsy store FormMaker.
– I have joined a new and exciting yoga studio, with a interior design to rival that of a day spa, and offers various styles of yoga classes (even ones suspended from ropes in the ceiling) with a great international community of members.
– On the work side, I’ve finished and handed over two stores for an international luxury fashion boutique.
– Gone travelling to the state/or city (not sure which it is) and saw some of the most amazing sights nature has to offer.
– Rediscovering old family ties and understanding family histories and with that came new appreciation of how hard my parents have worked in the last couple of years to get to where we are now.
It’s all been a big change, and settling in has been harder than I expected, but since moving here, personally, has been made me realise that I have taken a lot of things in life I had previously took for granted.
So without further ado, here’s an Instagram round up on all the above so mentioned happenings with a little previews on my upcoming travel diaries of Chengdu and Jiu Zhai Gou.