In my photographic immersion in the everyday life of Beijing the contrasts, layers of meaning and visual signs took a strong hold of me. Many things seemed to be bordering the limit of their possibility. Such a constant transformation brought multiple changes in lifestyle. Pollution can be intense and it can profoundly affect everyday life and increase the complexity of living in a megacity.
Nature becomes less and less present as ethereal technological imagery projected on huge screens is increasingly used. Day and night are no longer easily distinguishable because pollution creates a veil that envelops the city and the intensity of artificial lights of differing origins and shapes brighten the night. The monumentality of the city and the constant change of the cityscape physically constrain and contain the hutongs and at the same time enhance their value. People adapt in very particular and resourceful manners inventing new forms of transportation, leisure and transforming the ways of living in a mega city.
This is the Beijing I experienced.