An old residential building is seen surrounded by a newly-built ring viaduct, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, June 18, 2015. The building was planned to be demolished, but several units in the building refused to move out as they couldn’t reach a compensation agreement with the authority, local media reported. Picture via REUTERS/Ma Qiang/Southern Metropolis Daily
Luoping Rape Flower Fields, Yunnan Province, China / photographed by +Lanzi These sparkling images, that look more like a golden ocean, are of yellow rapeseed flowers, also known as canola, attract thousands of tourists every year (during the blossoming season) to Luoping, a small county in eastern China.
In a surreal blend of day and night, Budapest-based photographer Bence Bakonyi’s series “Urbanite” features vast cityscapes seemingly devoid of people. Shot in Hong Kong and Shanghai, the series presents settings in which the presence of humanity is eerily close, as though the population had suddenly fled, leaving lights on and laundry on the line.Bakonyi’s artist statement describes the series’ intended effect upon its audience; “The ‘Urbanite’ series is an account of how the artist found his home in the unknown. We can see the city as it is presented by the photographer, but also the artist who is in turn brought closer to us by China.” (text via fstoppers.com)
Ocean of Flowers in Luoping, China / unknown photographer(s)
In his series ‘Totems’ set in Shanghai, China French photographer Alain Delorme pays homage to the underdog heroes of the city, migrant bicycle workers lugging around heaps of cargo to keep the ever-expanding city afloat. Delorme turns this real injustice into a surreal circus whereby he digitally alters his photos to better convey his message about the wealth disparity in China.
Hereby the migrants’ loads have been digitally retouched and purposefully exaggerated to draw attention to the symbolism within Delorme’s work. In addition, the photographer uses candy-coated hues to veer away from reality.
In his series ‘The Real Toy Story’ photographer Michael Wolf captures the truth behind made in China stickers. The series exposes the viewer to row after row of anonymous faces, but it’s effective enough just to see that there are actual people behind the knickknacks rather than a succession of robotic machines. Interspersed within the wide shots of the factory are intimate portraits of laborers, giving even more of a human feel to the series. Though Wolf’s project is, at times, depressing, especially when you think about all the hard work these people put into their livelihood everyday without much acknowledgement, it is also eye-opening and insightful. It is through the photographer’s journalistic eye and his decision to share their faces and work environment that they are finally given some much deserved recognition. (text by my modern met)
In his ‘Architecture of Density’ photo series, German photographer Michael Wolf explores the incredible urban landscapes of Hong Kong. Stripped of all outer context like sky or ground, his photos only show fragments of massive blocks of flats, both crumbling or still in construction. The way their monotone and repetitive details occupy the whole frame is mesmerizing, and makes you think about all the walls we build around ourselves. (via demilked)/ for more great Art, Architecture, Design and Photography works, come follow us now on Facebook or visit us on Pinterest
Beautiful photograph of the colorful cable cars of Long Qing Xia Canyon, 50 miles north of Beijing, China captured by Jessica Gunawan Albindo
At the entrance to Long Qing is a village named Gu Cheng Cun, which was the empress’ garden during the Ming dynasty. Long means dragon and Qing means honor or celebrate, Xia means gorge. The legend says that dragons go there to celebrate because of the natural beauty of Long Qing Xia.
Photograph of a man sitting in a deck chair in-front of a large coal power plant in Jining, Shandong Provinz / documented by Philipp Scholz Rittermann, from his series ‘Emperor’s River’ documenting China’s economic boom and its victims along the its Grand Canal that stretching thousands of miles from Beijing to near Shanghai.
Beautiful night time photograph of Marshalling Train Station, China / photographed by Zong Qin.
Galaxy Soho – a 330,000-square-metre retail, office and entertainment complex in Beijing comprising of four main domed structures, fused together by bridges and platforms between curving floor plates to create a fluid environment that surrounds a series of public courtyards and a larger central “canyon”/ by Zaha Hadid Architects, London, photoggraphed by Iwan Baan
Houses in Huaxi Xun, a devoted communist village 2 hours from Shanghai, China that calls itself the number one village under heaven’. The idea behind the village is that everyone holds shares in its industries, mainly steel and agriculture, and they all live in similar houses that they get for their shares, rather than actually paying for them with money. The man who hosted us proudly proclaimed that Huaxi Xun has no poor people, and everyone in the village has about $200,000 per year, a huge sum in China. / visit Emily Hartley’s blog to read more.
The house of Luo Baogen and his wife who refused to accept an unfair compensation for relocating and stubbornly remained living in their flat as allowed by law, forcing developers to refrain from tearing down their side of this apartment building Xiazhangyang, a village in Zhejiang province, China and eventually building the planned 4 lane highway around the house itself. / Photographs courtesy of AFP/Reuters/Getty Images
Causeway Bay – one of the most dense residential areas of Hong Kong – engulfed by fog / photographed by Lam Pok Yin
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Temple Street in Hong Kong / unknown photographer
Chick Dropped in Soup: No, not chicken soup…It’s a literal translation of a Chinese expression for being drenched. Photograph of a well-dressed lady trying to cross the street in a torrential downpour. / photograph by Brian Yen – National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest
Photograph of “Ban” Pavilion designed by Orproject . A construction from bent polymer sheets which form a self-supporting structure and create shapes and volume from a multitude of leaves.
‘Hiking the wall’ / Jiankou section – Great Wall of China, by Philip Walker
Liyuan Library by Li Xiadong Atelier near Beijing, China / photographs by Li Xiaodong
Guilin, China / photographed by Avi Abrams
Liyuan Library by Li Xiadong Atelier near Beijing, China
‘Water Cube’ Beijing National Aquatic Center / photographs: Hazel Legate / Matthew Niederhauser
Liyuan Library by Li Xiadong Atelier near Beijing, China