“Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.”
In Jen’s Future challenge this week she quotes Peter Drucker, who said “The best way to predict the future is to create it“. During our visit to China, our experience in Shanghai made me feel as if the Chinese had done exactly that. In my opening capture above, some young Chinese tourists are photographing a family member or good friend. I found myself wondering why in heaven’s name they would be shooting with their backs to the glorious future-world behind them, which had been incredibly embellished by a glorious wall of flowers.
“Your future is only as bright as your mind is open.”
Making our visit even more special, we enjoyed meeting fellow blogger Canadian Travel Bug and her husband. They had been living in Shanghai for several years as ex-pats and were happy to join us for a stroll along Shanghai’s famous Bund. The evening sky at dusk added a touch of gold as we watched day turn to evening across the Yangtze River. We’d heard horror stories about Shanghai’s air pollution problem but were gifted with beautiful clear skies for our entire stay.
“A photograph is a time capsule that extends from the past to the future.”
“Photographs allow us to see people before their future weighed them down.”
On the opposite side of the city, I found myself wondering what this young couple was thinking as they stared across the beautifully lit bridge. Were they planning a future together, thinking about the bridges they would might be crossing together as their lives unfold?
“The future belongs, not to those who have the most, but to those who do the most with what they have.”
Eugene P. Odum
Today, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world. Driving into the city one can see the massive amount of building being done to house the growing number of residents. The capture above helps to explain why some joke that China’s national bird is the crane 😃. Clearly, China is focused on world-leadership as they face the future. Having experienced Shanghai, I have no doubt they will accomplish their goals.