Last week, Sim Chi Yin took over our Instagram feed from Beijing. Here’s a glimpse of Sim’s experience of the megalopolis: http://nyr.kr/16aWEOS
“Looking and sounding local, I blend in, but a big camera can be a giveaway sometimes …. In a place like China, where, very generally speaking, people can be shy or suspicious, it can be hard to shoot up close and candid. With the phone, it was possible to shoot right under their noses.”
Top: A billboard of a Kate Winslet advertising L’Oréal cosmetics looms over the subway crowd in downtown Beijing.
Middle (Left): A canvas hoarding over a work site in a park near the Forbidden City.
Middle (Right): Shopping at Beijing’s IKEA. It’s fairly common to see Chinese people taking off their shoes and taking naps on the beds on display at IKEA.
Bottom: The sun struggles to shine through the thick smog shrouding the city. Here it is a tiny bright dot above Beijing’s Olympic stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Pangu Hotel, a complex built before the 2008 Games.