Local artist W.E. Arnold traveled to Shanghai in 2006 and found himself drawn to observing everyday life in the older part of the city. Using his 35mm camera, he documented the financial disparities in the neighborhoods, taking risks - following a truck that he found particularly enticing through back alleys, etc. - along the way.

Local artist W.E. Arnold traveled to Shanghai in 2006 and found himself drawn to observing everyday life in the older part of the city. Using his 35mm camera, he documented the financial disparities in the neighborhoods, taking risks - following a truck that he found particularly enticing through back alleys, etc. - along the way.

The best of the 2,500 black-and-white images Arnold took - that's a lot of film canisters - are on display through the end of the month in a solo exhibition at Gallery 831. But visitors will also find several collaborations between Arnold and his friend, pop artist Joss Parker. Parker has taken Arnold's somber streetscapes and added in colorful characters you'd expect to find in a comic book, such as musclemen and Godzilla-like monsters.