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She was sitting in a bustling shopping alley in Shanghai, and I couldn’t determine if this was a passing problem or a more fundamental problem with her lot in China life.

canon eos 5D
ISO 100
focal length 50mm
28-300 mm glass
Hand held


china, emotion, tired, depressed, upset, shanghai alley

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist”
Oscar Wilde

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  • catedral01
    catedral01almost 6 years ago

    i love how you capture daily life scenes…they speak volumes. This image has a story of its own that makes the viewer guess and even make up stories. Well seen and shot

  • thanks much for your comments and kind words. I love doing candids for all the reasons you point out.

    – phil decocco

  • Geraldine Lefoe
    Geraldine Lefoealmost 6 years ago

    Great candid Phil – love your China photogrpahy

  • thanks geraldine for your support and comments. Much appreciated

    – phil decocco

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot and caption. Congrats on the avatar.

  • philip,
    thanks for your review and comments. Love this group tons!

    – phil decocco

  • slicerx
    slicerxalmost 6 years ago

    Lovely. To be honest, I would have a migraine too if I and others of my culture were falsely accused by foreigners constantly. We are now living in a world where we think ours is the correct way of life and we force others to live by those standards, however men, women and children in our own cultures battle for simple rights such as health and education. Our common man is perceived as our enemy and no one can be trusted. Hmm, I am the one with a Migraine now. Either way, keep up the lovely shots.

  • stephen, firstly, I meant no disrespect by my image or the caption. the Chinese people we met were friendly, courteous, and full of lif and spirit. this particular day i had visited with a translator a family relocated from the Yangtze River. they were not happy campers with their perceived treatment and lack of rights due to the project. it must have affected me in submitting this. No one has the corner on how best to live, and we certainly have besmirched our own reputation of late. Best,

    – phil decocco

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 6 years ago

    A great candid and the caption is a joke right? It’s good to retain a sense of humour whilst taking note of the points that Stephen has raised. I have worked with many Chinese students and have found them to be generally very open and friendly. Of course these were educated and quite well off young people. I do think that the more we interact with the people of all other nations, the more the barriers built by the vested interests of politicians and commerce will be broken down. Great photo.

  • denis,
    couldn’t agree more about the Chinese people we met. Friendly, outgoing, spirited and warm. Yet we also saw overwhelming government control of their lifes, few real choices, inability (they said) of speaking their minds openly even to one another and more. I believe changes will happen there led by the young who are more curious, wanting challenge etc.

    – phil decocco

  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 6 years ago

    Amen to that Phil!

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, well done

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    thanks maria, it was a most poignant moment to see her like that.

  • Louise Fahy
    Louise Fahyover 5 years ago

    Great picture and great title.

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoover 5 years ago

    thanks louise, it was meant to imply a tough day, no dig at China.

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