The Big Pants

by Tim Rogers May. 19, 2018 1352 views

I’ve been in Beijing just over two months. The jury is still out on how I feel here. Some days I am planning all I want to do and see in my time in China. Others I’m planning the fastest possible escape. The job itself, definitely not one of my favourite experiences. The city? I’m too busy with the job to see much of it if I’m honest. I never put a time line on any part of my journey. I just try to stay happy and if the place I am isn’t part of that happy, I have no qualms about moving on. I know I’ll settle down some day, but I don’t think it will be in Beijing.

That’s not to say it doesn’t hand you some incredible sights occasionally. I know the CCTV building (Chinese Television) was incredible but it’s not till you’re up close that you understand just how incredible it is. It looks like a modern style architect got given free reign and they just happened to live geometry a little more than the average. It is referred to by the locals as “the big pants”. I didn’t know that till Wikipedia told me. Not speaking Chinese, you don’t learn these things easily.

The best thing about shooting the CCTV building was it’s one of very few buildings you don’t have to shoot from the ground. There was a shopper no centre across the road with a great view across the city to the CCTV Headquarters. There was a balcony with a high Perspex wall that you could sit the camera on top of and shoot away. As the sun went down, the building went through multiple changes in light and lighting. The city below buzzed as it always did but the building put on a snow for me.

Beijing has proven a challenge. I’ve met good people and it certainly has some incredible images. I think the CCTV building is one of those incredibles. I’m sure I’ll find more before the call to head off again becomes a scream.

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 1 year, 4 months ago

aha, it is an unusual building

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

#2 - brings out the most futuristic aspect.
#4 - funny, I don't no why, but it reminds me of a possible wedding location for Trekkies. thumbsup

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Tim Rogers Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 4 months ago

It’s not exactly a normal building is it 😀

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Tim Rogers 1 year, 4 months ago

Did Ole Scheeren ever built "normal" buildings? joy

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Camellia 1 year, 4 months ago

Now I know what my boss meant when she used to tell me " pull up your big girl pants and deal with it" these were those pants!!. All kidding aside these are some cool cool photos. I especially like #3. There is something about night photography and the sparkling diamonds that just grabs my attention. Well done! :)

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Tim Rogers Replied to Camellia 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

The difference between the daylight and the night picture is a must see. Great work Tim, again

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Tim Rogers Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Thanks. Different place when the sun when down

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Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

Great images I think each one is special but #4 is my favorite . I am not 100% sure why but it is. I am one of those people I am unsure how well I would thrive in a large city for more than a few weeks (at most) so I can understand a bit about your feelings of like it one day and want to escape the next .

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Tim Rogers Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

I went from a tropical island to Beijing. It’s a big jump 😂

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Russell Smith Replied to Tim Rogers 1 year, 4 months ago

I love tropical islands they remind me of home or the very first childhood home I had . I spent the first 1/4 of my childhood in the Fla. Keys on a small island (12 families back then) .

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

WOW!!!! Top-Shelf images, if I ever did see some!
The subject, perspectives, light/shadow progression, deep focus, colors, light trails, clarity, energy & commentary leave nothing lacking! If/when you do decide to move on, PLEASE DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA & us!!!!

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Tim Rogers Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

It’ll go everywhere I go

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tim Rogers 1 year, 4 months ago

SO WILL WE.......given the chance!!!
(((GRIN)))
Rock On!!!

ps. thanks for "liking" my Tanker refueling shot!

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