February 22, 2016

Setting the Stage

Photograph by Rou Yu, National Geographic Your Shot

The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought a construction boom to the city; while it has slowed since then, the construction hasn’t ceased. Your Shot member Rou Yu came across these workers lit from behind on staging—likely erected to celebrate the Chinese New Year—between the Bird’s Nest, or Beijing National Stadium, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, known informally as the Water Cube.

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6 comments
Denis-Vincent .
Denis-Vincent .

Just for the fun of it, this photo of today also on the Smithsonian site has a similar and contradictory theme at the same time. 

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

People as abstract art. Cogs in the machine. Makes me think of the old film "Metropolis". And yes, very scary hanging up there without a net!

Ray Dahl
Ray Dahl

'We don't need no stinking safety harness'

rou yu
rou yu

@Ray Dahl Actually the safety harness was hang to the scaffold near their body.

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