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Old Jun 5, 2011, 4:04 PM   #1
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Some of the old (& the new !) tradesmen working the streets of Shanghai !

The Cobbler



The Florist



The Barber



The Policeman



The Welder



The Bicycle Repair Man



The Grocer



The Rubbish Collector

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Old Jun 5, 2011, 4:34 PM   #2
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Absolutely fabulous on two counts. Not only are they great photos, but the subjects are fantastic!

I love to see the "real" place, not just what the tourists see. It dates back 35+ years to my first foreign holiday. I was in Benidorm and getting a bit bored so went for a walk away from the beach and hotels. Found myself in the residential area and found it far more interesting!

I think the cobbler is my favourite with the barber a close second, or is it the bicycle repair man? Interesting that the police in Shanghai are called Police.

Anyway great photos
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Excellent photos Kevin. I rarely do any street photography, but I really admire thos who do. The cobbler is my favorite, though all are superb. What do these street vendors do when it rains?
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A wonderful series, great fun to see the merchants in context with their jobs. Each tells a story, well done!
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I love these photos. The colors are great, and the people are fascinating. How do you do it? Do you ask permission, or just start shooting? Do they ever ask you to stop taking their picture? I've only taken pictures of people I know, so I am curious as to how you go about taking candid "man on the street" photos.

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Great series, Kev!
I really enjoyed viewing them.
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They are all great but the barber has the most character for me, especially with the next customer reading while he waits.
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Thank you for those very kind comments Keith ! In Shanghai they try to use English as sub-titles as much as possible and the word 'Police' is widely used (though usually with the Chinese for Police also on the jacket).

Thank you Mtnman ! - They shelter in little huts, use umbrellas or pull plastic sheeting over themselves.

Thank you Harriet !

Thanks for commenting Amy - glad you enjoyed these. It's not so hard to go street shooting (I think it's easier here than in the West though, people are less suspicious of your intentions here) but if someone doesn't want their photo taken I'll stop, smile and just tell them no problem. Often I'll go and chat to them after taking the shot to make them feel more comfortable, or show them the shots on my camera. A smile and a kind word goes a long way, that way people don't feel threatened.

Thanks Ira ! Across the forums I post on the favourites have been The Cobbler, The Barber & The Policeman (though all shots have received at least a comment or two).
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Amazing pictures!!! Wow.

I think my favorites are the cobbler, the barber, and the bicycle repairman.
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What a great series - showcasing some very interesting scenes and people, also showcasing your portraiture talents and your genuine interest in each person...
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