Derive: Shanghai’s streets through the lens of Cody Ellingham.

Cody Ellingham, the photographer of ‘Danchi Dreams’ has recently sent me images of his latest wanderings in Shanghai, China. Derive Shanghai is another fascinating photo series of one of the world’s most impressive cities. Whether on a walk through the streets or on the edge of a rooftop overlooking the old colonial architecture mixed with modern buildings, his photographs feel like a journey through time.

Shanghai once was China’s most western city. Today, the decaying buildings of old French and British architecture have to make way for new buildings of a brand new China.

“I came here to capture this machine, this City. The only way to do that is to walk its streets alone. People focus on the new, or the old, but rarely both. A place is not just as it is, but the result of everything that has come before”, Cody said.

Enjoy the images below. For more of Cody Ellingham’s photographs, please visit his website: cbje.tokyo

Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Glass and steel rising up through the red mist of a belligerent summer thunderstorm
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
An old street after the rain.
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Derive – Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Concrete giants.
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
The city in the fog.
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Derive – Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Derive - Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.
Derive – Shanghai street photography by Cody Ellingham.

All images © by Cody Ellingham. Feel free to find other talented photographers on WE AND THE COLOR. Our Photography section is filled with a wide range of work.

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