Shipping deadlines are coming. Gift original in time for the holidays.

Beijing 2006 - The (semi-)restaurant

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Available
    Products
    6
  • Artist
    Notes
  • Artwork Comments 12

Wall Art

Stationery

Artist's Description

Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma


Tags for this photograph:
beijing, china, hutong, nan heng dong jie, nanheng east street, demolition, urban renewal, restaurant, half, pragmatic, pragmatism


This is part of the second series of Beijing 2006 – The hutong photos; see my journal posts Beijing 2006 – The hutong and Beijing 2006: Out with the old, in with the new for the background of this series.

See the location on a satellite map (Google’s street map doesn’t register with the satellite view!)

Here we have possibly the most pragmatic Beijinger: even though half of his restaurant on Nan Heng Dong Jie (Nanheng East Street) has already been demolished, as long as part of it is still standing he continues to prepare meals for his customers. Given it was nearly half past ten in the morning, he must have been preparing lunch.

The satellite view of this location shows that by now – as expected – absolutely nothing of this is left: in its place is now a complex of high-rise apartment buildings. Scroll a bit to the north and you can see some of that complex still in the process of being built (at the time the satellite view was shot), with green netting-clad scaffolding and big yellow building cranes visible.

The combination of this shot and the satellite view is maybe the best illustration I have of urbanization in progress: the new high-rise buildings – built around wide courtyards to let in plenty of light and air (and possibly also intended to adhere to some of the hutong way of life?) – will provide living space for far more people than used to live in the hutong area it replaces. Whether those people can actually afford to live there is a question I have no answer for…

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30
 

Suggested product (Click on an image for more options)

Matted print, black matte

Related

Just hanging on (1)   Just hanging on (2)

Beijing 2006 - The fashion store


Artwork Comments

  • phil decocco
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • mmargot
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • Joseph  Tillman
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • Hans Bax
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • wonk71
  • Marjolein Katsma
  • Dominika Aniola
  • Marjolein Katsma
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.