Day Sixteen: Went out as the light was fading–gray and flat- shot some stuff at the construction site across the street then went grocery shopping and bought some DVDs- Secret Life of Walter Mitty, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyer’s Club– and when I came out of the DVD store the lights at the bus stop popped on. This was the last shot I took, today.
Day Seventeen: Spring Festival preparations are in full swing! I met Melinda after work and we visited Yu Yuan Garden, a tourist area built in the historic Chinese style, and bought some decorations for the New Year celebration. Chinese New Year is like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years rolled into one holiday that officially runs for a week, but in reality the impact of the holiday is felt for 30-40 days due, in large part, to the mass migration that takes place when hundreds of millions of people travel back to their hometowns. — at Yu Garden
Day Eighteen: Not all of Chinese life is lived on the streets. Today was a “Very Unhealthy” air quality day of 253; Melinda and I chose to stay inside (which complicates a 365-A-Day picture project). We had plans for the evening so I pocketed my small Canon G12 and tried my hand at shooting in a concert venue. The marketing director in Melinda’s office provided us with VIP passes to “Hennessy Artistry” a concert featuring pop performers from China, Korea, Australia and the UK. This was my favorite group of the night, a South Korean band called the Dickpunks. — at Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai