In 2010 Anton Hazewinkel started the project “Beijing Walks of Life” in which he portrays citizens of Beijing with photos and interviews. The result is a document of the individual lives of people in a city that has undergone nothing less than a metamorphosis in the past decades.
The speed of the urban and economic development of China is well known. But how did individual Chinese develop themselves? The portraits present Chinese with similarities and, especially, with differences in identity and in their outlook on life.
The past, present and future come together or are still on the move in perception, expectations and recollection; not only the present, also the past is subject to change.
Each portrait consists of a 360° panoramic photo, portraits in black and white and an interview. All photos have been made in a personal environment, either at home or at work. The panoramic photos, when on exhibition, are three meters wide. They show many details from the lives of the portrayed “Beijingers”. It’s as if the main characters are embraced by their personal living space.
The interviews are presented without comments. Implicitly or explicitly they represent opinions, expectations and desires; sometimes politically correct, sometimes very open-hearted and outspoken.
Note: All panoramic photos are printed on a "2 page spread". To overcome the loss in the gutter (the space needed for binding the book), the middle part of each photo has been duplicated and blurred. This may not look good in the online preview, but it ensures a seamless print over two pages in the printed version.
Anton Hazewinkel is a Dutch photographer, living in Beijing since 2005. He graduated with a BFA in Audio Visual Arts in the Netherlands (AKI Enschede, 1986). His main subject is the daily life of people. Next to street photography, he talks with people, interviews them and uses this material to give his audience a personal view on the lives of individual Chinese.