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Finding the Chinese Spirit
China’s scenic splendours meant little to me. So does its mythological rise to being a global power, a topic that photojournalists around the world are rushing to document. The future is not as meaningful to me as the past. The past, in turn, is reflected in the present. This collection is about my encounter with China: a contradicting combination of fleeting experiences and deeply-rooted ancestral links. Eventually, what I seek in my photographs is an answer to the question: What does it mean to be Chinese? When making these photographs, my heart is tugged first and the camera follows. It must be instinct at work. And so, my search for the Chinese spirit felt like visiting an long-lost friend. He has not forgotten me.
Photographer: Sam Kang Li
Camera: Canon 5D