Hutong – Darkness Illuminated

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“Hutong” is the Chinese word for typical old town districts in Beijing and is the name of this photo project by Christopher Domakis a photographer from Berlin, Germany. While Beijing is moving fast, developing new districts and constructing massive infrastructure projects, there are still some Hutongs which provide daily life which you would expect only in villages far away from modern metropoles as Beijing. The density and the warm and friendly atmosphere feels like entering a parallel universe. It’s dirty, dusty, quiet, there are no cars compared to outside of the Hutongs and the rush is gone. The fast growing urban area of Beijing is usually bright, noisy and more and more fancy with shopping malls, huge streets, light shows and many tourists walking around. In cold winter nights (as you can see below from january to april) most of the streetlife moves inside the small houses and behind closed doors. Light is the biggest contrast to the “world outside”, just because there’s none.

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Houke de Kwant is a 27 year old communication & multimedia design graduate from the Netherlands and the creator of TheArtHunters (former Daily Inspiration, which was started as part of his study). He is currently working as a front-end developer at Ivaldi, an internet agency in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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