Shanghai, in a parallel universe

By Alywin Chew | China Daily | Updated: 2019-07-19 08:19
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While dramatic night shots like this particular image of the highway account for a considerable portion of his works, Siegemund says that night shoots take place out of necessity.

"If you look at the trend of shooting night urban images, it's really because most of the photographers have day jobs. They can only shoot at night after work," he says.

"Photography is still more like a hobby to me. I like being behind a desk doing architecture work. I like being able to choose what photography projects I want to embark on."

Siegemund adds that he expects himself to be working in the architecture field for the foreseeable future. Shanghai, too, will also remain his home for the coming decade.

"I can imagine staying here for another eight to 10 years. The problem with Europe is that people deliberate too much. Things move so slowly. To decide on something takes such a long time that so many things already pass," he explains.

"Here in Shanghai, something new is always happening. Things are always changing. I also like how the Chinese learn by mistakes. They dare to try and fail. This kind of attitude is good and will help the country forge a better future. You can build your dreams here."

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