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This is the second time I'm trying to upload this picture. The colours get washed away as I upload it to TE even though I have assigned it with the sRGB profile. Can anyone help to figure out what I am doing wrong?
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Finally I've reached Shanghai, the one I have heard about, the one locals share fond memories of, the one I was unknowingly looking for.

We took a smaller road, off the main roads busy being rebuilt and refurbished to look modern and clean, deeper into the tightly-knit housing blocks in downtown Shanghai. Suddenly a flame of passion light up inside: this is the "real" city I was looking for. All of it ancient, so different, the sinks outside, brick buildings with open doors, locals busy living their lives, old men staring at us with our cameras wondering what in the world is so interesting about a brick wall littered with home-made graffiti-type advertisements for doctors, movers, and whatever else could possibly be needed.

I could have stayed there for hours without end. Such rich colours, deep age, amazingly different solutions to well-known problems. Heaven.

I lowered myself to take pictures of this wall, the sinks and the clothing hanging from that little line. Two little girls heard my shutter going off and ventured out of their home. They approached step by step, curious to know what I was busy taking pictures of. The older one walked straight into the frame and both of us were thrilled at the little game we'd just embarked upon together. Soon the little one jumped into it as well. They weren't quite sure whether they were included or not, their poses a mixture of curiosity and show. I snapped away with my wide-angle as quickly as I could, fearing they might run away at any moment.

After about five shots, I got up and walked towards the two to show them the picture I'd just taken. They shrieked with enthusiasm and joy as they saw themselves on the LCD display.

They ran back through the door they'd appeared from just a few moments before, screaming "Mama! Mama! There's a foreigner taking pictures outside! She took pictures of us! Mama! Mama! "

I thought my heart was going to burst out of Joy and Love.

The translation of the kids' enthusiasm was generously provided by my local friend and host. We took this path as she wanted to show me where she used to live. Walking around, we bumped into her old neighbours and they told her that soon they too will have to leave: these houses and alleyways will be destroyed to "clean up" Shanghai and build yet another set of skyscrapers.

It seems I have arrived just in time.
Just before Shanghai is fully replaced by this business centre the government is busy making out of it.

I just hope that these little girls, and all those who still bask in childhood, will not give up their spontaneity and joy for yet another pair of Gucci shoes as they grow up and reach their adult years.

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An advance Thank You to all those amongst You who take the time to leave me a comment and/or criticism.

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