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“Sacred Flame” by Chris Rayn, 2005

Praying people close to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Central Chinese city of Xi'an. Like many Chinese sancturaries, it is originally dating back almost 1500 years, but has been destroyed. The buildings that remain today are from the last imperial epoch, the Qing dynasty.

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)