Life as seen by Jason A. Rice. China based photographer.

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Century Park Flowers, Shanghai

Nice collection of miniature sunflowers (actually have no idea what they are called) with apartments in the background.

Nice collection of miniature sunflowers (actually have no idea what they are called) with apartments in the background.

Here are a couple of quick shots of flowers during a recent walk and bike ride around Century Park in Shanghai.  I’ve always avoided the park on the weekends but during the week the park is very empty.  The pigeon house is unique and worth checking out.  You know you are in the right area when you begin to hear this massive warbling.  This area proves a third use for umbrellas in China: rain, sun, and now bird bombs. The 10 RMB entry fee is kinda ridiculous and bike rentals are way overpriced but the overall atmosphere of the place makes is good for portrait photos and picnics.  Soon you will forget all about the entry fee.

Another nice little collection of flowers in Century Park.  Good location for portrait shots.

Another nice little collection of flowers in Century Park. Good location for portrait shots.

You get the idea now, flowers with buildings in the background.  There are a few nice heavily wooded places where you can escape the buildings.  Every time I have been here there are always at least a couple of fashion shoots in the park.

You get the idea now, flowers with buildings in the background. There are a few nice heavily wooded places where you can escape the buildings. Every time I have been here there are always at least a couple of fashion shoots in the park.


Construction Destruction Site (Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse)

Working the site working my eardrums.

Working the site working my eardrums.

Thought I would share what I have been experiencing over the past week.  Thirteen stories down and eight hundred meters toward the river is a fairly large apartment construction site.  It’s a normal construction the majority of the time, but last week they brought in the noise with cement hammers to break up a temporary on site road.  For a week, from 7 AM until 6 PM, the ratt-a-tatt-tatt of those machines reigned over the neighborhood.  On Friday I stuck my camera out the window for about a half hour, capturing 600 images, to bring you this short 20 second time-lapse clip.  I hope you enjoy it more than I have.

NOTE: the audio is a reenactment.

YouTube above

Youku below (quality not as good as YouTube, but available in China)


Shanghai Bus Tour (Time Lapse)

Approaching the Bund area along the Huangpu River is Shanghai.  The Pearl TV Tower is off in the distance.

Approaching the Bund area along the Huangpu River is Shanghai. The Pearl TV Tower is off in the distance.

In this video we travel around the Puxi side of China.  The tour begins at Peoples Square facing the Nanjing Walking Street and makes a quick loop around the square before heading out towards the Huangpu River where we catch a glimpse of the Pearl TV Tower.  After a daring u-turn we travel down the extent of the Bund before we take another u-turn and travel through Old Town near the Yu Gardens.  Finally we head back towards People’s Square through Xintiandi.

I have been working on a larger project recently involving time-lapse photography.  There is still a lot of shooting and work to be done but here is a little teaser.  Let me know what you think.

YouTube version above.

Youku version below.


MIDI Festival

Yound and not-so-old alike came out to enjoy some tunes at the MIDI Music Festival.

Young and not-so-old alike came out to enjoy some tunes at the MIDI Music Festival.

Last weekend brought to town the first major outdoor summer music festivals here in Shanghai.  The MIDI Music Festival took place in the southeast corner of Century Park, which provided great access to us metro riders.  Was not able to make it over on Saturday as my day was booked solid with baseball practice and a playoff basketball game but was able to sneak over for the afternoon and evening sets on Sunday.  The festival included two stages; a smaller electronic stage close to a sponsor organization interaction area and a main rock stage settled in front of a Tiger Beer VIP Pavilion and Jägermeister inflatable party house.  As one walked between the two stages there was a smattering of folks hawking goods from small gas masks (in line with the festivals PM 2.5 air quality awareness program) to eye shades to personal festival sized shade tents.  The festival grounds were very easy to navigate and a perfect fit for the crowd size.  It was easy to scope out an area and find a spot among the picnicers.

Due to the late start on the day I only saw two Chinese bands (Brain Failure and Hao Yun), UK’s Little Fish, and a festival French outfit named La Souris Deglingue.  Overall the music was not the best but the weather and festival atmosphere was perfect for a recovering live music fiend living in China.

Here are a few snaps from the day.

Nice crowd view on the projector behind Hao Yun.

Nice crowd view on the projector behind Hao Yun.

Rock fingers abound at the MIDI.

Rock fingers abound at the MIDI.

Little Fish at the MIDI.

Little Fish at the MIDI.

Little Fish in front of the MIDI crowd.

Little Fish in front of the MIDI crowd.

A dog packpack enjoys piggyback ride from a girl enjoying a piggyback ride during the Hao Yun set.

A dog backpack enjoys piggyback ride from a girl enjoying a piggyback ride during the Hao Yun set.


The Many Faces of Rock Tiger (Korean Rockabilly)

Rock Tigers Korean Rockabilly tag the stage in Shanghai.  This would have been a sweet picture if I didn't shake it a little.  But it still has enough energy to post.  (reminder, get a monopod)

Rock Tigers Korean Rockabilly tag the stage in Shanghai. This would have been a sweet picture if I didn't shake it a little. But it still has enough energy to post. (reminder, get a monopod)

Something of great interest to me is how cultures/people experience and interpret items from a much different place.  Take for instance sport, in Japan the live baseball game is basically the same as in the United States, but the trained eye will see minor nuances in the ceremony around the action on the field.  It is within these slight changes that a person can actually undergo a whole new experience from something they thought so familiar.   The same is true for music.  A sound or style can be created in a far off land, yet when it reaches new populations this new culture will interpret it with a new filter.  This is where something interesting happens and for those willing and interested to partake the freshness of the experience is extant.

This weekend Rock Tiger served up some delicious Rockabilly music with a dash of Korean energy and flare to satiate a hungry Shanghai crowd.

What is a Rock Tiger you say?  Well let me show you.

Roy firing up the bass and the mic alike.

Roy firing up the bass and the mic alike.

Eddie Tarantula and his hair entertain on guitar.

Eddie Tarantula and his hair entertain on guitar.

Tiger pounds the crowd with all sorts of sounds.

Tiger pounds the crowd with all sorts of sounds.

Velvet Geena soars towards Rockabilly Heaven.

Velvet Geena commences take-off.

Velvet Geena soars towards Rockabilly Heaven.

Velvet Geena soars towards Rockabilly Heaven.

This Korean rockin rocket must be from the south.

This Korean rockin rocket must be from the south.

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Good times!

... yes, 감사합니다.


Shanghai Spring

Sakura in Zhongshan Park, Shanghai.

Sakura in Zhongshan Park, Shanghai.

Being my first year in Shanghai I am not too sure of the seasons but what I gather is spring is April/May, monsoon season is May/June, a terribly hot summer follows during July/August and a pleasant fall in September/October.  More evidence of a short spring is that all the music festivals are crammed into two - three weekends here at the end of April.  The inclusion of experiencing a Chinese music festival is totally filling up my weekend schedule between baseball practice, basketball (our team made the playoffs), general walking around, walking backward (a popular exercise with China’s elderly), metro rides, and fried dumpling eating.  In spite of all the ballyhoo I was able to walk about and snap some photos of the Shanghai Spring.  Enjoy.

What sakura collection would be complete without some cosplay.  Zhongshan Park.

What sakura collection would be complete without some cosplay? Zhongshan Park, Shanghai.

Out comes the sun and dries up all the laundry.  With a population the size of Shanghai and the number of environmental/economical conservationalists you are going to find laundry all over the place.

Out comes the sun and dries up all the laundry. With a population the size of Shanghai and the number of environmental/economical conservationists you are going to find laundry all over the place.

Such few laundry on such a nice day is uncommon in these parts.

Such few laundry on such a nice day is uncommon in these parts.

Argueably Chinas favorite sports, basketball and wearing jeans, is a fine way to spend a spring day.

Arguably China's favorite sport, basketball while wearing jeans, is a fine way to spend a spring day.

More of the same

More of the same.

Another Chinese pasttime, birding.

Another Chinese past-time, birding.

Probably the worlds largest producers and user of kites are the Chinese.  Go to any park on the weekend and the sun is eclipsed by their numbers.

Probably the world's largest producer and user of kites are the Chinese. Go to any park on the weekend and the sun is basically eclipsed by their numbers.


Shanghai Baseball Practice ECNU

Japanese Softball team takes batting practice at ECNU.

Japanese Softball team takes batting practice at ECNU.

With spring comes baseball, even in Shanghai.  The sports field at East China Normal University (ECNU) is packed with activities and teams during the weekend.  On a typical Sunday the field holds an American Football team practice, a cricket game, a Taiwanese Baseball Club practice, the ECNU Baseball Club practice and a Shanghai Baseball Club.  Couple this with the nearby basketball courts and the random soccer play and there are balls flying around the complex.  Here is a little sneak peak at some of the action.  Would have liked to take more snaps but was busy pitching for one side of the intrasquad game.  More to come in the following months.

Shagging BP with the Japanese softball club.

Shagging BP with the Japanese softball club.

Pitching sequence during an intrasquad baseball game.

Pitching sequence during an intrasquad baseball game.

Intrasquad game at ECNU.

Intrasquad game at ECNU.