Daily Inspiration #225 by Aaron Greenman

In early May, I found myself in Shanghai for a work assignment. Happy to have the opportunity, it nonetheless seemed a challenge to have only two days to explore the city and its surrounding to try and understand in some small way such a rapidly changing culture, and to seek out “human moments” that could possibly give a minute insight into the larger whole. Having lived in Asia, Africa, North America, and now Europe, I am more used to the slow pace of an expatriate’s measured unfolding, and was unsure where to go or what to do in such a condensed time. I ended up in the (quickly disappearing) older areas of Shanghai, plus Suzhou and Zhujiajiao in Jiangsu province.

During my most recent expatriation, in India, I spent three years being overwhelmed (in an exhilarating way, mostly) with color, heat, smell, tastes and sounds. China is a different experience, less overtly chaotic, or colorful. In India, black and white seemed necessary as a way to distill the essence out of an image, wringing out the distraction. In China, it didn’t seem necessary, as the subtleties were already there.

Accompanying are a few photographs, thank you to Steve for offering to publish these.

More images from this and other experiences can be found at www.acuitycolorgrain.com.

Best Regards,



  1. Thanks everyone for looking…… much appreciated. Not sure I mentioned but all images were taken with the M8 and the 24mm 2.8 ASPH.

    Best Regards,


  2. The desire to travel and the lust for photography are so intertwined… sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart.

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