I had the hardest time getting photographs of people in Shanghai. Whenever I requested to take a photo I received an emphatic NO! or a wild hand gesture equivalent to a get the heck outta here. But still, I persisted. These 3 were initially shy and probably thought I was going report their unscheduled smoke break but eventually they said ok.  There was a 4th but he ran away from the frame as soon as I lifted my camera. Three Chefs While people in Shanghai were averse to their photographs being taken, people in Beijing were much more enthusiastic. Some even struck a pose. Others pretended I was not there at all. In the end, I got a few portraits I would like to…