Lens-Artists Challenge #36 – Around the Neighborhood


I spotted this photography challenge yesterday and decided to post the following three images, they were taken a month ago in my neighbourhood, here in Beijing, the area is called Jingsong District, it is a bit run down, by some people’s accounts. But personally I prefer places which have some history, because they look and feel lived in.

Manhole covers are particularly normal I know, but somehow these things just catch my eye, every city has a unique design. Normal things in different places, I feel help to give me a reference point, a familiar thing wherever I might be.

Electric bikes and trikes are common here, I am fond of these cosy little cocoons, maybe one day I’ll have one, at the moment public transport is my choice of transit, quite crampt at times but gets me where I need to go, normally.

I have a lot of respect for the normal people I see around the streets of Beijing, there is a lot of wealth being generated for a few here, and the middle classes have prospered, but my interest is more in those who make do with the basics, I still see plenty of bicycles about, despite the freeze.

Thanks for joining me in my neighbourhood, I’m going to do a few more posts about Beijing covering the past months, including ice skating and Chinese New Year, I hope you enjoyed this post and keep an eye out for these new posts coming in a day or so.

Thanks, Sam

Author: Sam

I'm a multi-media artist, working with drawing, painting, textiles and motion expression, I have been living in Asia for the last 6 years, I'm originally from Wales, in the UK, thanks for seeing my work, please get in touch if you'd like to discuss, my works are available to buy from my shop. Please consider supporting my work, you can purchase something from my shop, all support is greatly appreciated.

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