Series Name: China West
Series Description: In western China, the pace of economic development has ushered in a new unprecedented period of transformation, one that has radically redefined the topography of the country while displacing significant parts of its population from rural areas to vast, newly-built mega cities. Semi-deserted landscapes carry a profound ambivalence, suggesting at the same time fecundity and sterility, a promise and nothingness. China West is a visual exploration of the impact economic development has had on western China’s landscape, focusing on the dwindling interstice left between nature and urbanization, a space, which, perhaps more than any other, reveals the true process of change.
Copyright: © Julien Chatelin, France, Shortlist , Professional, Architecture (professional), 2017 Sony World Photography Awards