‘Beyond the Clouds’—This Is Shanghai From Almost 2,000 Feet Above

These photos were taken high above the ground, but not from a helicopter. (Image: article.photofans.cn)
These photos were taken high above the ground, but not from a helicopter. (Image: article.photofans.cn)

The first time I looked at these pictures, the words “beyond the clouds” came into my mind right away.

It’s mainly because the first two photos felt like sitting on the clouds while looking over the whole of Shanghai turned gold by the sunlight.

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Unique angle, beautiful sunlight, amazing weather, everything seems perfect. (Image: 360doc)

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The golden color makes it like a scene from an old movie. (Image: 360doc)

These images were taken from far above Shanghai, but not from a helicopter or drone.

Actually they were shot from a crane by Wei Gensheng, an experienced crane operator whose hobbies include photography.

Because of his job, Wei has special opportunities to photograph from unique angles.

And more importantly, he just showed us that people can enjoy their work in different ways.

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Wei Gensheng taking pictures in a crane cab. (Image: 360doc)

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The blue tones give this picture a wonderful romantic feeling. (Image: 360doc)

Wei spends over 10 hours per day working in a small crane cab, and uses his spare time to take pictures of Shanghai at different time of the day and in various weather. His work has won second place in the city’s photography contest.

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Due to Shanghai’s humid air, mist is common. (Image: 360doc)

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The cranes in Wei’s photos seem to have become his personal icon. (Image: 360doc)

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From such a height and angle, you can see the endless Huangpu River, and the amazing orange near the skyline. (Image: 360doc)

Wei took this set of pictures while working on the construction of Shanghai Tower which is now the second tallest in the world.

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Another misty day in Shanghai. (Image: 360doc)

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Is the crane really holding the building? (Image: 360doc)

In 2011, Wei set up a Weibo account and began to share his work with bloggers. His photographs soon went viral online, and netizens nicknamed him “Shanghai’s highest-elevation photographer.”

Wei said he may hold a solo show in the future to fulfill a dream he has had since a young age.

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A peaceful morning in Shanghai. (Image: 360doc)

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Above the clouds the sky is blue. (Image: 360doc)

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The crane that Wei works rises into the clouds next to the Shanghai World Financial Center.  (Image: 360doc)

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The crane went higher and higher with the project’s progress, showing the Shanghai World Financial Center now below. (Image: 360doc)

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