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An Afternoon in Shanghai by Patrick Schoenmakers

Shanghai Shopkeeper

Now this is something new for me and My Favourite Lens – a guest post!

I recently received an email from a fellow photographer who goes by the name of Patrick Schoenmakers. In this email, Patrick explained how, while looking for places to shoot while in Shanghai, he’d come across My Favourite Lens.

This had led Patrick to visit the Shanghai 1933 Slaughterhouse I’d mentioned in this post, and visited myself, but not published any pictures of.

But now, thanks to Patrick contacting me about being featuring his subsequent photographs as the very first My Favourite Lens guest post, we finally have some pictures of this unique Shanghai location.

They’re here as part of Patrick’s ‘An Afternoon in Shanghai’ set.

First, here’s a little introduction from Patrick himself:

“My name is Patrick Schoenmakers and I am from the Netherlands. Although I have been photographing regularly for a few years now, I’ve just recently started to get into street photography. In that respect I am very lucky to travel quite a lot for my job to various big cities around the world.

A little bit over a year ago I was looking for a compact camera, that I always could have with me on my travels and I bought the Fuji X100T. Although I had to get used to just having one focal length instead of a zoom, I quickly fell in love with this formidable camera. So much even that 6 months ago I decided to sell my Canon body and three lenses, so now this Fuji is my only camera.

Last week I was in Shanghai for a short stay and had some spare time to go out and spent an afternoon on the streets of this metropolis. Although the weather wasn’t really cooperating, I had a good time being out there and left again with the pictures shown below.”

I think Patrick’s set from his afternoon in Shanghai can be broken down into four smaller sections. The first of which, which starts with the beautiful image at the top of this article, looks at a few local businesses.

Shanghai Restaurant

Chinese Tea Shop

A couple of cityscapes are up next.

Personally, I really like the grainy shot across the river of the Pudong skyline shrouded in fog.

Fog Pudong Shanghai

Urban Landscape Shanghai

Of course, Shanghai’s streets are teeming with life, which makes the city a great place for some street photography.

Having recently tried to include more street portraits in my own sets, as in this post from Chongqing, I especially like the portrait of the gentleman with his dog in Patrick’s set here.

shanghai man and dog

Chinese Chess

Chinese couple the bund shanghai

Shanghai Urban Fishing

We round up this guest post with Patrick’s shots from the aforementioned Shanghai 1933 Slaughterhouse.

Again, I have my favourites. Perhaps I’ll keep that to myself here though and let you judge them without prejudice.

Which of the four speak to you most?

Take a look and let us know in the comments below. 🙂

Shanghai Slaughterhouse II

Shanghai Slaughterhouse III

Shanghai Slaughterhouse I

Shanghai Slaughterhouse IV

All of these pictures first appeared in this blog post on Patrick’s own site. Go take a look. There’s a contact page there too should you wish to get in touch with Patrick, who is always open to any comments or questions.

For now, I’m going to wrap this first guest post up.

It’s a pleasure to share another photographer’s set of pictures with you. If you want to see your own work published here on My Favourite Lens, get in touch via the contact page or at lee@myfavouritelens.com and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

Until then, happy shooting.


All images © Patrick Schoenmakers

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