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How Instagrammer Brad Hales Captured The Soul Of Shanghai
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How Instagrammer Brad Hales Captured The Soul Of Shanghai

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Updated: 21 December 2016
Originally hailing from Australia, Brad Hales has built an incredible collection of Instagram images that capture change happening throughout Shanghai. Affectionately referring to Shanghai as his second home, he freely admits that his passion for unusual angles in photography has seen him exploring many of Shanghai’s high-rise rooftops. We’ve selected some of our favorite snaps from his pages, a beautiful collection of everything it means to live in, and love, Shanghai.
Shanghai taxi
Courtesy of Brad Hales

A Shanghai shifu makes his move in the streets.

Moving materials
Courtesy of Brad Hales

All walks of Shanghai life are shown on Hales’ Instagram, including the busy work life of many locals.

Weekend park stroll
Courtesy of Brad Hales

In contrast to the bustle of Shanghai streets, pockets of nature are found throughout the city, and in Hales’ photography.

Dawn breaks over a group of tai chi practitioners with Pudong’s famous skyline towering in the background.

Forest inside a city
Courtesy of Brad Hales

A small oasis of nature in Xuhui gives a completely removed atmosphere.

Kite Flyer
Courtesy of Brad Hales

One of Shanghai’s kite flyers prepares to spend an afternoon along the riverfront.

Morning over Pudong
Courtesy of Brad Hales

Stunning view of sunrise over the Huangpu.

Pearl Tower base
Courtesy of Brad Hales

Pudong’s immense presence is undeniable as ant-like spectators mill at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower.

Road angles
Courtesy of Brad Hales

Colors and unique angular intersections bring an interesting aspect to Shanghai’s busy roads and neighborhoods when seen from above.

SH Buildings
Courtesy of Brad Hales

Shanghai’s unquenchable thirst for growth and development are mirrored in a busy mosaic of high-rise complexes.

View from Jimao
Courtesy of Brad Hales

A perfect blend of Shanghai’s past and present. This unreal closeness with Jinmao Tower demonstrates art deco aesthetics with an ultra-modern Lujiazui address.