Tour de Shanghai

13 Jan

Paris born and based photographer Alain Delorme has a riveting image series called Totems. Delorme chopped and shopped images of migrant workers delivering goods in Shanghai that he collected in the period 2009-2011. The augmented reality arrests you with its very cleaned up presentation of masses of goods stacked on tricycles against a backdrop of changing skylines and city textures. There are surprisingly few people in the photos, which serve to focus attention on the heroic Bicycle Man or Woman.

totems01_kleintotems06_kleinAlain-Delorme-totems_klein(First seen on Feed for the city)

Alain’s work may be somewhat hyperrealistic, but his Totems are not so far off the truth, whether it be in China or anywhere else that you can ride your bicycle, as the following shots show.

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