“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)