Beijing through pinhole

Text and pictures by Lauri Laanisto

Last month I went to a conference in Beijing, China – IBS meeting “The Biogeography of Ecology” – and took some pictures with my matchbox pinhole camera. So, unlike last time, when I posted here pictures from fieldwork in desolated Svalbard landscapes, I now show you some pictures from one of the most populated area in the world – Beijing. The thing with pinhole of course makes those two places with contrasting populations much more similar than they actually are. If the exposure time is half a minute or more, then a crowded square or stampeding street becomes relatively empty and has similar desolated look.

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view from the hotel

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olympic stadium

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in front of Tiananmen square on Saturday noon

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the widest street I´ve ever seen, Forbidden City right ahead

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Forbidden City

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Forbidden City

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Conference hall

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inside a dark cafe

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Conference center

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Hubbell´s plenary

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this and hereinafter hutongs

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