Totems is a project by French photographer Alain Delorme featuring 15 images taken in China. Here is a little background information from the artist:
The protocol is always the same in each of the images, opposing the verticality of the migrants’ loads to the vertiginous height of the modern buildings. The photographer also chose to privilege the individual, far from the usual photos of crowds. Everything is recreated on the basis of 6,000 photos taken in Shanghai during 2 art residencies. The loads are clearly exaggerated to draw the attention to these “totems”, highly symbolic of the “made in China” and beyond of our consumer society.

To see the rest of the images from the series, click here.


Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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