Through The Lens: China’s Contrasts

December 4, 2013 • Through The Lens

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  • The city smog and industrial complexion will
vex you with it's spicy charm and unrealistic effulgent city nights. The
clouded pollution here can shock the unfamiliar, but is also home to
delicious hot pot cuisine. The flavorful mala will send your
tongue on a numbing rant while being absorbed in the conviction of
Chongqing, the city of lights. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    The city smog and industrial complexion will vex you with it's spicy charm and unrealistic effulgent city nights. The clouded pollution here can shock the unfamiliar, but is also home to delicious hot pot cuisine. The flavorful mala will send your tongue on a numbing rant while being absorbed in the conviction of Chongqing, the city of lights. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • Chongqing is so expansive I wonder how anyone
could navigate the network of roads that spreads out like an illusive web.
The lightning storms and humidity that blanketed the city during my visit
were beautiful spectacles of dancing light parading itself in sharp streaks
across the sky. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    Chongqing is so expansive I wonder how anyone could navigate the network of roads that spreads out like an illusive web. The lightning storms and humidity that blanketed the city during my visit were beautiful spectacles of dancing light parading itself in sharp streaks across the sky. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • Upon introduction to the knife, the chickens became
crazed with fervent disposition and began the hopeless attempt of flying to
escape. What a shallow appreciation I have had toward the food I consume. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    Upon introduction to the knife, the chickens became crazed with fervent disposition and began the hopeless attempt of flying to escape. What a shallow appreciation I have had toward the food I consume. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • Long after the struggle to survive, the chicken's
feathers are plucked and their naked bodies washed. A few of my colleagues
were repulsed, but I remained to document the process. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    Long after the struggle to survive, the chicken's feathers are plucked and their naked bodies washed. A few of my colleagues were repulsed, but I remained to document the process. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • North of the bustling Hangzhou metropolis and East of the
towering Shanghai giants lies the prototype city of Huzhou. Famous for its
silk production and local chicken foot delicacies, the prefecture level
city combines both modern fashions with ancient architecture styles in the
winding alleyways and imitation miniature castles. Having lived there for
10 months, I miss the lackadaisical life style of quaint cafes and
lotus gardens, sipping tea and reading a alluring novels. However, the
friendships and memories I made there are far more missed. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    Huzhou
  • The beggar's shoulder
blades were so convex, the back of his rib cage protruded from his back. He
seemed to orchestrate the dodging crowds with his nimble outstretched arm,
parting tourists like Moses and the Red Sea. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    The beggar's shoulder blades were so convex, the back of his rib cage protruded from his back. He seemed to orchestrate the dodging crowds with his nimble outstretched arm, parting tourists like Moses and the Red Sea. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • Walking past the brown stained and peeling farm
house walls, the blighted structure faced hundreds of swarming bees while
depreciation dripped down from the windowsills like tears. It was the first
picture that I could see before I pulled the trigger. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    Walking past the brown stained and peeling farm house walls, the blighted structure faced hundreds of swarming bees while depreciation dripped down from the windowsills like tears. It was the first picture that I could see before I pulled the trigger. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • While meandering down the old town streets
in Chongqing, family members gathered around tables to eat an early lunch.
Hardly troubled by my stares, I captured a moment during their meal. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    While meandering down the old town streets in Chongqing, family members gathered around tables to eat an early lunch. Hardly troubled by my stares, I captured a moment during their meal. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
  • The epitome of business, consumerism and contagiously
seductive parties, all bundled together into one giant collection of
crowds, smog and retail products. The night life of this beast is charged
with electric energy that has kept many of its inhabitants, including
myself, plugged-in and running into the wee hours of the morning. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    The epitome of business, consumerism and contagiously seductive parties, all bundled together into one giant collection of crowds, smog and retail products. The night life of this beast is charged with electric energy that has kept many of its inhabitants, including myself, plugged-in and running into the wee hours of the morning. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria
  • A pleasurable boat cruise down a serene water way
breathes life into the shingled houses and warm fragrant kitchens. The
smell of fried comforts and feel of cold stone along the many bridges
instills a serenity while traversing the many walkways and snack shops.
Twice I have ventured to Wuzhen and twice I have been mesmerized by its
unique and simplistic charm. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)
    A pleasurable boat cruise down a serene water way breathes life into the shingled houses and warm fragrant kitchens. The smell of fried comforts and feel of cold stone along the many bridges instills a serenity while traversing the many walkways and snack shops. Twice I have ventured to Wuzhen and twice I have been mesmerized by its unique and simplistic charm. (D&M World Photography/Matt Beccaria)

As China surges ahead with unrelenting speed, those left behind exhibit the disparity between the old and the new.

Matthew Beccaria is an amateur photographer and musician, with a Master’s in Education, who has traveled extensively throughout the world. His travels include longer term stints in Ghana and China.

He and his sister run a site dedicated to photography, check out their portfolio here: http://dmworldphotography.wordpress.com

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