Dead End Alley

One of my free mornings in Beijing was spent wandering around the 798 Art Zone. Having to take the subway from my apartment I then jumped on a bus for a 20 minute ride to get to where I needed to be, and once again I must thank the fact my phone has GPS so I can navigate without knowing local languages.

It was an interesting area, and I will have a few photos to process to give a glimpse of the type of work seen there, but at one point I took a turn that resulted in a dead end, and thought this alley I was in looked pretty photogenic.

I guess this scene could be anywhere, really, but the great thing about photography is that I can look at an image I have taken in the past and evoke the memory of being there. When I look at this I will remember exactly where it is, the statue that stands at the entrance to the alley, the fact there was a couple having wedding photos taken nearby and where the assistant was more interested in reading her text messages that holding the off-camera flash, and the fact it was closely followed by my eating an omelette – and realising there is a big difference between what I think an omelette is and what the Chinese think it is.

Chinese omelette

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s