His Photographs Document the Exaggeration & Reality In the Streets Of Shanghai

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By Anne Cacherell

Deeply fascinated by the sheer volume of merchandise and the towering stacks of objects people carried around Shanghai, French photographer Alain Delorme captures the exaggeration and contrast he sees on the streets in his series called Totems.

The documentary style feel of the project contributed to the effectiveness of the images. In this series, Delorme was able to establish a pattern by capturing contradicting images of poverty and wealth, and struggles amidst progress. Moreover, the laughable amount of weight also serves as the emblems of Shanghai’s society and contrastingly mirrors the city’s skyward expansion.

Check out the following images below.

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The humor and exaggeration in Delorme’s images are brilliant. Were you able to get the impression that the series is trying to make? Would you call it modern day slavery? Share with us your viewpoint about this series.

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