A streetside blackboard in Tongli. You sometimes see these in old Chinese towns, blackboards along the street (or in private homes) - teaching outside the classroom, outdoor schools.
Interesting also how all ideologies like to keep a close eye on education. Here a communist star, there a crucifix; here a religious slogan, there a politician.
This picture was taken in Tongli, an old canal town, just a couple of hours north from Shanghai.
song title reference: John Cale
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holmertz (54337) 2012-03-18 7:52
This was a very good observation. Various objects with no relations combine to create some kind of art. The red bike gets a strong accent against the grey background. I don't know if that star was ever painted red, but if it was the faded red could clearly symbolize the changes of state ideology in recent decades.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-18 7:56
Very impressive capture! artistic, original and very creative shot! great combination of colors and excellent light! i really like how you framed the scene with the red bike at the bottom of this vertical cut! superb!!
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-03-18 8:22
Hello Benny - I love this shot. It is beautiful in its simplicity. The distressed and peeling wall with the star plaque and blackboard makes a wonderful backdrop for the red bicycle. No red China here just a faded past and a red bike. Superb. Warm regards rosemary
rmajum (1205) 2012-03-18 9:11
This picture has a lot of depth,I don't mean DOF. The 2nd para of your note is so meaningful and in conjunction with the picture of a red bike and the star, tells the story. Thanks for the good observation.well done.
everlasting (15238) 2012-03-18 9:58
a good still life Benny, great textures on the old wall and the bright red bike completes the scene. Well seen!
Nard (6972) 2012-03-18 10:10
I like the simplicity of these 3 elements in 3 layers like a made composition. The old wall gives a global tone and a perfect support for the BG, nice contrats with the red.
agjika (3177) 2012-03-18 12:12
Great shot very well seen. Love the colours and the texture. I would have removed the cable if I were you as it cuts the photo in half but that's just a minor thing. Interestingly nice light.
annjackman (21899) 2012-03-18 13:43
You have created a very artistic picture with the different elements. The bicycle adds a lovely touch of red against the shabby wall. Very well seen - a successful take.
Wanda1 (15142) 2012-03-18 23:07
My kind of shot; bicycle, textured wall, script, and that star is the bonus. Vertical composition was a good choice here. Great!
sevy (58) 2012-03-19 0:44
Very good composition playing with the few elements to put them each other in evidence. Especially, I like what the colors are bringing between the red of the bicycle against the grey walls and the star balancing the composition on the top.
bergese (6699) 2012-03-19 1:27
Great compo with very nice détails and colors.
I love it.
cavli (1876) 2012-03-19 6:19
nice composition. It is one of the most composed subjects. but important think is the background. It is interesting. well seen! well presentation.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-03-19 10:01
Hello Benny. When I see the photo, I think not only in schools but also to the former wall newspapers. Where you have very little space, you go outside. I've seen in many Third World countries. The communist star, the gray panel and the red bicycle fit together perfectly. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Bartleby (13552) 2012-03-19 14:14
I like how you organized the elements in the frame to make a coherent whole. The washed-out colors and texture add further interest. Nicely done.
abmdsudi (55176) 2012-03-20 4:27
Each element of the photo invites you to look a little more and wander. Love the way you've filled the frame and atmosphere in this, just about everything to add the local flavour and a glimpse into another way of life. Great that you have managed to inject some vivid colour into the scene, the basic color of red standout amongst the grey gloomy sight .And the star sums up a bit of the feel though China welcomes visitors, it is a decidedly commie country. Simply like your keen eye and attention to minute detail. Great work, Congrats
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-03-30 19:42
I love this! A lovely quaint asian presentation. All the elements compliment each other. Love the lighting, the washed out colors, the textures and the POV. Great composition, well captured!
all the best,
InasiaJones (31566) 2012-04-05 8:16
A great depiction of China through graphic icons.
The decrepit wall brings character to the whole photo and serves as a perfect background for the red bike.
Graphic, stylized and captivating. I like this photo a lot!
adores (45717) 2012-07-30 18:24
Somehow I had missed this one! A really great and not so common shot of China. I like all the details on it and the red bike really adds to the great composition! Very well framed!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-19 23:21
thats a very nice observation .very good creation by putting various objects into the frame,very different from each other. red bicycle definitely enhances the pic.
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (17702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/4, 1/1200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: China 2009
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-18 7:42
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