On the beach, the light of the sun is blazing, the sea is overwhelming fragrance and the heat makes parents sleepy. They tell their children to go and dig a hole in the sand, so deep till they find a Chinese on the other side of the globe.
And look, what do we have here? A photobook by Chinese photographer Zhang Xiao, who travelled from 2009 till 2013 along the Chinese coastline (18.000 km!). He shows us the ultra-rapid transformation of China where, especially along the coastline, every day new buildings are erected trying to accomodate its citizens. He shows us daily life on the Chinese beaches.
“The coastline is beautiful and dolorous. So many people come here with dreams but then are drown in the crowd, and they go with the stream finally. At the same time, worse and worse environment make people put the problems of environment to unprecedentedly important programmer. When I was a child, I was eager for the sea and I felt the sea is mysterious, and I can never touch it. Now, I also feel as before. I come here to seek strong emotional conflicts and rich image pictures, which may with some mawkishness and mood, lose. The sea is the beginning of lives and dreams, at the same time; I am looking for a hometown in my heart.” (Zhang Xiao)
© Zhang Xiao
Dig here to find the book!