A stretch of highway in central Shanghai is transformed at night with the addition of dark blue lights that underlight the concrete structure to a dramatic effect. The purple in the photos is an effect of the mix of light sources. The noise of motors and constant honking from all sides was deafening, and the air was barely breathable, otherwise we would have stayed much longer. The effect was quite magical, these photos are essentially unretouched.
Dedicated to Paul Blackmore and his University of Waterloo, School of Architecture thesis work from 1996, an ode to highway overpasses, modern architecture, and slick cars. Dream on, brother, it’s the only way we’ll ever have flying cars and the vacations on the moon.
Photos taken 5 October 2013.
2 thoughts on “Shanghai blue highway”
I have a question about the blue lighting on the highways, can you tell me if these are on every night? I have been told that they are only lit up like this on weekends.
The reason for my asking is that we are looking to do some filming in shanghai in March and would love to know if this can be captured any night of the week.
How did you make out? Sorry to not have noticed this comment earlier.
You can probably check with the local tourism board about these lights. We were there for about a week and they were on every night, but it was Golden Week, the national civic holiday, and there were tonnes of additional people in the city.