In this advertisement, Homa Appliances is playing off of the similarity between the sound of the company’s name to that of the Chinese translation for Obama to sell refrigerators. And, as part of this campaign, they’re using an image which bears a striking resemblance to a poster designed by artist Shepard Fairey, which itself resembled an image taken by an AP freelance photographer Mannie Garcia.
Okay, putting aside the possibly copyright issues (and, this is a case which I would love to see goto court), think about what is happening here. A Chinese brand is trying to sell refrigerators in China by referencing the president of the United States. I can tell you that nothing like this happened under the Bush Administration (who, btw, wasn’t well liked here). I also cannot remember seeing any current leader from another country being held in such high esteem.
I think you’d have to go back to Lenin (before the fallout) to find anything similar.
And, this is even after being two and a half years into the administrations disastrous “pivot towards Asia”.
Now, if you think this is interesting, wait until tomorrow’s posting. 🙂
Installation inside the We-Life shopping center. The shopping center, unfortunately within easy walking distance from my apartment complex, was opened last year. In many respects, it is similar to shopping centers in the US and other countries.
This is the Shun Fung restaurant, which my wife tells me is known for high-quality Cantonese Seafood. She says that it is also very fancy and expensive.
I was intrigued by the contrast between the massive neon sign and the little man in the large red coat,bow tie, and black cowboy hat.
The photo is a composite nine shots taken with my Canon IXUS 980IS, and stitched together using Adobe Photoshop. In developing the photo, I tried to ensure the blacks were okay, but that one could still see the scaffolding behind the signage as well as the branches in the upper left-hand corner.
There’s a lot of detail in the shot, which I also like. If you click on the picture, it’ll take you to a large version on flickr…. give yourself some time to explore it. 🙂
Otherwise known as the brick shithouse. Multiple shots stitched together with Photoshop. Used the D300/14 mm combo with the built-in flash. The flash was partially blocked by the large diameter of the 14 mm, but Photoshop took care of that during the stitch.