10 pm in the Futian district of Shenzhen taken from the roof of a 33 story apartment block which a guard kindly let me climb out onto (in China there are no “health and safety” laws… that people follow anyway). They came out surprisingly well considering they were taken by a shaky hand without a tripod.
There is something magical about the night in such densely packed cities where man has built upwards towards the heavens. Thousands of lights twinkle against the skyline as if indicating their inhabitant’s very existence within the controlled chaos of urban dwelling in China.
As if arteries in some enormous autonomous monster even the roads and highways take on a life of their own at night ferrying the lifeblood of the city from A to B in a never-ending continuum. All we need is for the cars to take to the skies and we’d be living in Blade Runner…
Considering the film was set in 2019 it’s not all that far off from what could be a reality very soon but something tells me we need to solve the energy/environmental/financial crisis before we can all own flying cars!