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“Silent Guardian ” by Chris Rayn, 2005

Stone Lion in the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai. As an animal of great symbolism, the lion came to China with Buddhism from India. It protects sanctuaries like this temple in Shanghai from evil spirits. Big guardian lions made of stone can also be found in pairs at the gates of imperial government buildings.

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)