The Nail

Shanghai | The Nail | © DM Barlow (2017)

“Nails. That’s what they call people who refuse to sell their property and move on, even when the rest of the community has sold up, moved on and the demolition crews have flattened everything around them. The nails hang on for various reasons: some because they grew up there, and do not wish to be relocated to a fancy new apartment in Pudong, others hoping to sell their property for a bit more money …”


Huemen Lu in the Yangpu Disrict. I photographed this last house standing in the summer of 2012. By summer of the following year, the house was gone and the entire 1923 community transformed into a make-shift car park. Photographed using a 17mm tilt-shift lens, employing Tilt. Processing was a simple matter of converting to black and white using the Silver Efex Pro plugin.

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