With a swarming population of 24 million people, Shanghai is a bustling, progressive and thriving city.
Since the World Expo hit town in 2010 it’s been like a torch paper has been lit under the city, with a rapid development that has seen the city evolve at an alarming pace. A major metro network, a bedazzled skyline, and a sense of contemporary innovation have all seen the city redefine itself, and make Shanghai a unique and intriguing location.
This growth see’s the city presenting a fusion of old heritage mixing with new world innovation throughout as it’s old world charm threats to disappear in the wake of another shiny high rise development.
For this first part of his 2 part Shanghai photo series, Lester turned his lens to what he see’s as some of the key elements of Shanghai’s identity that help to illustrate it’s progression as a constantly advancing global hub, while still showing signs of clinging onto it’s rich heritage.
The people are a key part of identifying any location, and alongside this, the fashion, the environment, the architecture, and reportage shots capturing organic moments offer a compelling portfolio of imagery showcasing how Lester see’s Shanghai in 2017.
Each image (and each juxtaposition of images) has been carefully curated to offer a commentary on the city, and it’s fusion of identities.
From the young to the old, from bustling sky rises and state of the art retail, to old world locations and gestures, the series showcases an insight into the tapestry of a city that is constantly redefining it’s sense of identity and purpose.