Watch where you cross

He had a hard look, the kind that resented people on sight which was only sharpened by his menacing tattoo.

He appeared as if he had the world on his shoulders and carried fatigue like any other hot and bothered day-worker, with the heavy eyebags to prove it.

I was in his way, standing in the middle of the road taking a photo. Bracing myself for a barking, the corner of my lips lifted for a brief moment in apology.

Then, his eyes dropped to the floor, and he heaved just a little harder on his pedals.

No longer was he the muscular and tattooed day-worker, but just a tired man on his way to another delivery.

September 2009


1 Comment

  • Reply January 25, 2010

    Seamus Grimes

    Easily the most impressive commentary I have seen on the wonders of the ordinary in Shanghai’s life.

    Your photos and commentary emphasise in a very effective way the human cost behind the rapid pace of Shanghai’s development.

    Two years ago some Chinese postgrads showed some of our (Irish) students around one of the olde districts of Shanghai. It was a great experience for both groups of students.

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