Paradise on Earth
History in Stone
Heart of the Empire
The Green Claw
For Wisdom and Beauty
The Beat of Time
The Medic
By Lanterns' Light
At the prayer wheel
Good Wishes
Silent Guardian
Sacred Flame
To Allah
Old Lanes
Men's Games
The Pet
Street Art
Arts and Crafts
Home Visit
Face of a city
Through time
Bulldozer Revolution
On the Rise
For a Better Life
Building Bridges
Boom Town

“Heart of the Empire ” by Chris Rayn, 2005

Watch tower of the Forbidden City in the centre of Beijing. Throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties, the sovereigns of the Middle Kingdom have lived here with their household, until the last emperor Pu Yi was forced to step down at the beginning of the 20th century. For half a millennium, tradition and ceremonial have determined the course of life within these walls.

Project: A Journey Through Time

Chris Rayn's first photo project from the mid 2000s takes you on a visual time travel through a China caught between tradition and modernity, gets you in touch with the people and lets you experience their proud culture and history, reawakening religiousness, old living culture, the difficult time of change and finally the new challenges of the 21st century. (Read More)