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Nostalgic views of Shanghai on exhibit
By Li Jiaohao

A group of iDealShanghai fans visited a photo show, “Views of My Homeland,” at M50 modern art district near the Suzhou Creek on Saturday.

The 47 pictures taken by Shanghai photographer Yao Keng over a three-year period reflect the architecture and street scenes in the former French Concession and the Bund. Yao showed the visitors around and explained his works.

"I try to express my perspective on Shanghai by composing geometric scenes of buildings, streets and trees," He said. "These scenes are just outside my house and I'm familiar with them. I used an infrared filter to render the pictures black-and-white to express a feeling of purity and tranquility."

One visitor, Zhang Jun, said he liked the picture of a big tree on Hengshan Road. "I like photos that are symbolic of life. In this picture I see the continuation of life in the form of a tree."

Yao Keng’s exhibition will run through January 23. He will meet visitors every Saturday and Sunday and all his photos are for sale. People can also buy them online at www.idealshanghai.com/yaokeng/.

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