PERIPHERIES | CHINA | 2005-2007 The large format series Peripheries explores the strange and nebulous region where urban and rural China meet. This landscape is emblematic of China as a whole: unresolved, abrasive, contradictory. Here, the wealthiest Chinese live in “Mc Mansions”—cookie-cutter next to migrant workers in their shanties on temporarily vacant land. We see manicured lawns and golf courses next to parched farmland and polluted dumping grounds. In photographing this phenomenon, I ask certain questions: what will develop from this mix of cultural traditions and symbols? Will something distinct and authentic emerge? I search for awkward moments and juxtapositions, scenes in which elements coalesce to offer a glimpse of something new and undefined. Photographing this environment becomes a way of gazing back into history as well as a method of decoding the future, with its possibilities and dangers.