Sin City

Night photograph of the skies over Shanghai and the Oriental Pearl Tower
Shanghai | Sin City | © DM Barlow (2017)

“Shanghai is an acquired taste – dangerous and addictive. Opium tobacco, liquor, sex, religion all made their temporary homes here in the early 1900s and many of the ancient vices have returned and are flourishing, especially now – almost as if they know the end is coming. The city is sinking by millimeteres every year into the dark ooze from which it came. It is a doomed metropolis: a place to do business, make money, drink, smoke, fornicate and forget …”

I used a tripod-mounted Canon 5D and 17mm tilt-shift lens at an acute angle to capture this late-night image of glowering skies over Pudong, and the Oriental Pearl Tower.