While on a tour to Shanghai, Beijing and Xian, Cameraboy was struck at how the startling contrasts evident in Chinese culture effortlessly harmonise with one another. The Yin-Yang philosophy appears to underpin all facets of Chinese society and creates an environment where communalism blends seamlessly with entrepreneurship, mass commercialism balances spirituality, and where ultra modern styling synchronises with ornate eastern and classical European-style design. Inspired by this natural intrinsic harmony, Cameraboy has chosen to abstractly categorize photographs in accordance with the Chinese five elements.
These elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood – are linked to a number of corresponding objects and ideas and are seen as a way of defining the universeand all aspects of existence. Central to this belief system is the hypothesis that each element can dominate another, according to a set pattern. This means that all elements are in a constant cyclical change of dominating or being dominated. The cycle implicit in the five element belief system still forms the fundamental building blocks of Chinese science and is used in traditional healing practices. This fascination with the symbolic wheel of life that turns in constant rhythmic cycles is the inspiration for Cameraboy’s images (click here for stock photos).