1. In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.

    Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.

    Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

    To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.

    Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.

    JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:

    “The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”

    JT Singh
    Website: jtsingh.com/
    Facebook: facebook.com/jtssingh
    Twitter: twitter.com/jtssingh

    Rob Whitworth
    Website: robwhitworth.co.uk/
    Facebook: facebook.com/RobWhitworthPhotography

    Copyright all images Rob Whitworth 2013 - robwhitworth.co.uk | Soundtrack used under license Artist ‘Subscape’ Track ‘Shanghai’ © submergedmusic

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  2. This is travel footage from eight countries.
    Handpicked and edited with some love.

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    Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

    For enquiries contact me here:

    hello@christiangrewe.com
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    Travel more and influence our world with positive energy!

    Check out more clips:

    Drone World Trip
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    Australia:
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    360 Little Planets
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    Watch Colombia
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    I explicitly prohibit using my work without direct permission.

    All rights reserved.

    Canon 5 D Mark II and III, some Canon L Lenses and a Carl Zeiss 50mm 1.4.
    GoPro 2 and 3 Black edition.

    christiangrewe.com

    Music: Uniform Motion/ The Telephone box uniformmotion.net

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  3. Check out my new film Adrift: vimeo.com/simonchristen/adrift

    Update: Thanks so much for all your comments! I am reading them all and enjoy them a lot! I am sorry I can't reply to all of you. I am traveling at the moment and only have internet access once in a while. I hope to get to all the questions eventually. Thanks again!

    A collection of time lapses I took around the San Francisco Bay Area roughly shot over the period of one year.

    Please watch in HD :-)

    Find more of my work on my website simonchristen.com

    Follow me on my Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Simon-Christen-Photography/183499695028114

    or on my flickr account: flickr.com/seemoo

    Music by Nick Cave - Mary's Song from the Soundtrack of "Assassination of Jesse James"

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