Shanghai Street Stories blogger and erstwhile Shanghaiist contributor Sue Anne Tay will be exhibiting some of her marvelous photos in “Construct, Demolish, Repeat: Building the Shanghai Dream” at the Southern Barbarian: Lujiazui on Saturday. It’ll be well worth a visit – not only will you see great photos by a talented photog who’s been recently featured in The Atlantic and Foreign Policy, but there will be some free eats and drinks too!
Sue Anne has already done interviews in both City Weekend and That’s Shanghai about her set for Southern Barbarian. If you want to get to know her and her motivations for photographing so much of Shanghai’s demolished neighborhoods, I suggest you read up there.
For us, she’s prepared an addendum – photos that won’t be in the exhibit, but are related:
“There is a row of abandoned buildings in Hongkou that used to serve as factories manufacturing light bulbs. Exploring abandoned buildings can be exhilarating and messy at times. You never know what you might step in or the kind of views that await you when you reach the top. These buildings are soon destined for the wrecking ball, and recycling scrapers populate the spaces to do brisk business, clearing out all scrap material. Scrap is a arduous but profitable business, undertaken by those who are willing to rough it out to make a few bucks.”