Always on the lookout for inspiration from several different sorts of sources. Whether from nature or people around me, I sometimes get newly fueled by the energy given of by others.
One of the things that I find inspires me and also the topic of my post today is the food venders in Shanghai. Small entrepreneurs that you will find in their shops regardless the weather conditions or their mood. loyal to their businesses they are there, happy to trade and serve you from their very small and cramped shops.
From all people that deserve to have their portrait taken in studio these are the people worthy of it. But their chances of ever seeing the inside of a professional photography studio are slim. So if they can not make it to a studio, I decided to take a studio to them.
I used a 2m tall reflector; the one I used has 5 colours so I used the black cover as a backdrop, a cobra flash in a soft box and of course 2 assistants to help hold all of this.
First on the menu is Steam Buns. Big metal steamers will steam the buns filled with fillings such as pork, vegetables and many more.
These fruit shops are everywhere to be seen in Shanghai and also a good indications of what season we are in. Being from a Western culture, I am used to being able to get any fruit any time of year but in Asia it is less so. Even though most fruits are pretty much always available you will notice how for example when strawberries are in season they are everywhere in abundance, as China just entered winter it's citrus time.
Getting used to buying meat from these small butcheries, were one of the most difficult things to get used to. No bigger that 10m*, it's basically a cubical with most of the meat hanging out in the open.
All over Asia, fish-markets are a big thing and wet enough for all fish to stay alive until cooked. My assistants and my soles were covered in running water so they had to hold the backdrop in the air while this true character posed for his portrait.
With her permed hair, a typical giveaway that this vegetable shop owner is a true Shanghainese lady.
A thank you is in order for the two assistants that helped my on this. Adrien Bernard who especially helped with translation and Yeet Iber. Thanks for your help guys.