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Day *Three Hundred Sixty Five*, January 22, 2012

it starts and it ends in Shanghai

My project finally comes to its ending at the exact ending of the lunar year. With its end we moved into a new year, an auspicious year, the year of the Dragon! This daily project started in Shanghai and went to the Philippines, Xinjiang, Germany, Spain, Lebanon, Switzerland, Hong Kong,  France and then back to Shanghai again to end on the eve of the big celebrations in the vibrant city.

It has been quite the journey for me, filled with inspiration, endurance, discipline, moments of joy, freedom, seriousness, quiet, chaos, new ideas, new skills, learning, contemplation, expression, art, sharing and a great new open way of looking and of seeing the world around me.

Best of all, it has been a great chance to meet so many people of like mind, wonderful photographers, inspiring artists and so many whose daily presence was interwoven into my  project and whose work and support inspired me and kept me going.

At the end of this, I want to thank you all, my friends, for being the amazing people that you are and hoping to continue this brilliant and inspiring affair with photography together along the way.

photo taken: a composite of the skyline of shanghai with the year of the dragon fireworks on the night of January 22nd.

Day Three Hundred Fifty Six, January 13, 2012

all must explode by January 23rd

Many adults have seen at least once in their life a show of fireworks, either at one of the disney kingdoms, at the NYC Macy’s parade, New Year’s celebrations… These shows are usually organized, timed and synchronized.

Well the Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai are nothing like that. It is like a war. Every family wants to light up the sky on every street corner. It is a deafening chaotic mess and it is so much fun! Every year that we are here in town for the holidays, I end up walking the streets from sundown till past midnight with a fellow enthusiastic photographer or two, braving the cold and the explosions taking tons of photos and bribing our way into building roof tops with a few rmb bills to the doorman. This year will be no different and we are hoping for a dry night!

Chinese new year fireworks 2010

Day Three Hundred Fifty Two, January 9, 2012

it is getting louder

As China gets ready to shed the old ‘rabbit’ year and to welcome in the new ‘dragon’ year, fireworks can be heard all over the city. Fireworks, which were originally invented in China and became popular as early as the Song Dynasty, have a very strong place in the culture and daily lives of the Chinese. Not only is the new year celebrated with an explosion of fireworks, also shop openings and moving to a new home, among other important events. This year we decided to stay in Shanghai for the New Year holiday, and the city is gradually getting louder and louder as we approach the big day next week.

lighting up the firecrackers

photos taken: boys playing with firecrackers in the city streets.

Day Two Hundred Sixty Nine, October 18, 2011

living the future now

Living in this giant expanding metropolis, we sometimes forget how impressive its rapid growth is, until someone visits and we play the role of tour guide only to rediscover and be awed again and again by the speed at which the future is catching up with Shanghai. Everywhere you look, new construction sites are mushrooming and high rises appear as if out of no where. What is the master plan here? How far is it going and to what end? It certainly is fascinating to be at the center of it all; another human race empire in the making.

photo taken: woman making a video of the 360 degree movie in the urban planning museum in Shanghai

Xīn nián kuài lè

The fireworks in Shanghai on Chinese New Year’s eve are the strangest I have ever seen. I took a walk over midnight around the streets and witnessed a frenzy of fireworks lit up by people in every corner of the city. It is not the usual big fireworks show I saw 2 years ago in Hong Kong during the same holiday. Here everyone lights up these big fireworks in front of their buildings and homes. The louder and bigger the better. The loud noise is meant to scare the bad spirits away and welcome the new year with its clean slate. It is just what everyone is doing that night and the city is taken over by it. Incredible to watch and be part of.

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