Photographer's Note

For my 100th China picture, I chose this off-beat picture of two metal workers working on the new Bund tunnel in Shanghai. The picture was shot from a balcony high above.

The title refers to the Bruce Springsteen endorsed new American Dream. This is an altogether different one. Only time will tell whether these dreams will not turn out to have been mere illusions.

I found the heavy saturation quite fitting with the theme.
A less extravagant version is included in the WS.


Some personal thoughts on the location...

Shanghai, which means 'onto the sea', has always been China's most modern city and traditionally it has been the city most orientated to the west.

And this was for the good, the bad and the ugly. At times being referred to as the whore of the east, then again being lauded as the most dynamic place on earth. Shanghai can be both.

After years of communist-inspired ascetism, Shanghai has now shed off its Mao vest for good and boldly goes where no Chinese city has ever gone before. The eyeliners are out and drinks will be served to all who can afford it.

And migrant workers are welcome to come, work and save some money if they can. And then continue working.

As Deng Xiaoping said, it is no longer always a bad thing to try and be rich in the People's Republic. But it's a hard life, it's a hard life, it's a very hard life, it's a hard life where ever you go.


One love.

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