The last thing I expected to see when looking out the window of my Liuzhou hotel in southern China, was a portrait of the Italian Renaissance masterpiece of the Mona Lisa smiling back at me. The company name is in English, too: 'Mona Lisa Tiles'. I've boosted both saturation and contrast to try and compensate for the thick hazy air pollution. Apparently it's much better than it used to be, but the water supply was contaminated with cadmium when I was there. Luckily I only had one glass of water for coffee. I boiled it but didn't find out about the water pollution until I got back to Wuxi. 5 government officials were fired from their jobs. More info on Liuzhou here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liuzhou
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Sergiom (50480) 2013-06-14 5:01
On la voit à peine la beauté mentionnée à cause du brouillard de pollution qui recouvre la ville. Bien que le gouvernement nie la situation , je crois qu'elle devient critique.
pierrefonds (53272) 2013-06-14 5:17
The buildings are framing well the publicity of the tiles company. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the portrait and the architecture of the buildings. The haze from the pollution seem to affect the rendering of the colours. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (41708) 2013-06-14 8:35
this shot is an original and fascinating contrast. Hard to imagine living in a city like this, but this shot goes some way to showing us how densely populated China's cities have become. Post processing has worked wonderfully at making this strange combination of elements come to life. Well done!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
Royaldevon (24228) 2013-06-14 12:24
Although you have mentioned heavy pollution previously, it was only on the riverside scene that you posted recently, that I was really aware of it visually. Here, it is much more obvious.
There is a remarkable 'sameness' about the buildings. I suppose, you could say the same about terraced rows in many parts of England!!
I like the way you have composed the shot; it emphasises the tightness of the housing in such a densely populated country. I must admit, I was very surprised to see Mona looking back at me. It's a bit like 'Where's Wally' or, in this case, 'Where's Mona'?
My warm regards,
jjcordier (70491) 2013-06-14 22:59
Seule la Joconde peut encore sourire devant une telle pollution! Une image intéressante qui est un véritable document sur les conditions de vie là bas.
siudzi (29615) 2013-06-14 23:41
Really eye-catching presentation! The pic of the Mona Lisa looks extremely eye-catching at your composition. Funny and nice capture. Thanks for sharing.
emka (68516) 2013-06-14 23:59
I appreciate your effort here but I prefer other places in China. Even Mona Lisa doesn't help much. It is always amazing - who heard about Liuzhou, and it has more than three millions inhabitants. But no place can beat Chongqing - 28,846,170 in 2011. More than the whole Australia!
fabbs99 (14375) 2013-06-15 11:44
That is the face of a changing China. Monalisa as an icon in China could not have been thought about even a few decades back.The top part of the frame is a bit overexposed probably due to haze,but overall a good image.Very well done.
Best regards and best wishes,
berek (32312) 2013-06-15 22:00
We see only the beauty mentioned because of smog that covers the city. Although the government denies the situation, I think it becomes critical.
Graal (94110) 2013-06-16 1:03
unusual attraction, Mona Lisa between the blocks in China. Good shot from fine POV. Well comment in note.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (14829) 2013-06-17 0:57
Wonderful new architecture with portrait of Monalisa.
Nice blured background with fine sharp building at the front.
A like color tones.
jhm (131736) 2013-06-19 4:11
The advertisement of the Mona Lisa is the most real eye catcher on these picture.
Also the buildings care for a nice image.
Colours and sharpness are pleasant.
Wonderful composition, lovely presentation, TFS.
mcmtanyel (8147) 2013-06-27 14:21
I don't envy you for being in Liuzhou. If this is the contrast-adjusted of improved air pollution, I don't even want to imagine what it used to be like! I hope drinking Cadmium flavored coffee did (or does) not upset your system. EPA website says: "Some people who drink water containing cadmium well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience kidney damage." I suppose one cup of coffee should not do much harm.
Thanks for sharing this photo and your note.
PS. I hope we'll get to see some photos from Kars and Ani.
Miguel82 (17293) 2013-06-29 5:04
This is a large view of Liuzhou roofs, a high concentration of buildings here
Yes Mona lisa is worldwide famous and present everywhere
Good colors, excellent light, clear shot
- Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) (93372)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-25
- Categories: Humorous
- Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-14 4:56