Shanghai Digital Street Art

By Matthew Bamberg / Oct 2, 2005

Navigating the streets of Shanghai can be daunting as one steps over pipes, bamboo, not to mention people big, little, old and young, swarms of them taking to the streets in every concievable manner on bike, motor bike, motorcycle, cab (thousands of them) and private car (the latest must-have in China). As the Chinese clear the early and middle part of the last century from their landscape, it’s a remarkable metamorphasis to steel and glass as far up as a camera’s eyes can see.
Matthew Bamberg, here, author of “Digital Art Photography for Dummies” to be published by Wiley and due out in December. More about that later. Back to Shanghai.

As I sit here in the Osaka airport in Japan, I finally write, putting my lens-playing hands away for awhile (I snapped thousands of art photos on a massive trip to Southeast Asia).

Shanghai lingers, a lazy haze, in my mind. The city’s endless smog and honks, noisy and noxious, along with my camera clicks, lead the way to the silver of steel and cables of bridges in dozens of photographs, and the gold of the old that’s still left in the French Concession, an area of Mao memorobila and namesakes of Shanghai’s last great era the Deco age of the 30s and 40s all have been snapped up too.

Shanghai bustles and bulges with cranes and noise fixing itself up for the rest of the coming century with knock-your-socks architecture that proves that China may be living up to it’s nickname–“The Roaring Tiger.”

But best of all in this great world-class city is the offbeat which I’m always ready to capture in a heart beat.

Guess it’s time for a TIP: Setting your camera by turning the knob to the running man will shoot a series of photographs quickly at fast shutter speeds (so your photos won’t be prone to blur) so you can capture a few shots at a time of the never-ending moves and, of course, the freaky sites that can be seen on the street. Catch the dog above with the orange ears. Yes, it is real, alive and living in Shanghai!

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).