Photographer's Note

The Shanghai’s Old Town refers to the oldest area of the city. The Old Town remained in place, while new urban areas were being developed on the outskirt after the Opium War in 1842. It is dense, cramped, falling apart, and full of character. The amount of detail is overwhelming. Every narrow alley or doorway beckons exploring. Textures abound in wood, cloth, and stone. Everything is weathered and lived in. Old people and children pop out of unexpected places. The market streets bustle, while the quiet alleys are deathly silent. A large section of Old Town seemed in process of being dismantled. New residential towers loomed around the edge of this destruction, soulless clues to the fate of the place. The rubble makes for sad photos, but it’s fascinating to walk through.

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Additional Photos by Miro Susta (mirosu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1573 W: 0 N: 3418] (16295)
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