When Bence Bakonyi entered an artist residency program in China for a year, he found himself in a country completely unknown, and unable to communicate with the local population. Without these basic tools of navigation, he explored this new landscape with his camera, refraining from photographing people. Starting in the countryside, he slowly found himself drawn into the large Chinese metropolises. Diverting from his usual conceptual style, his series Segue shows his journey through this landscape, the photographs devoid of the human bustle that we often-associate China with. If you look at his photo series you can see the development of his journey as well as the long process of getting used to the country. The photo series takes you on a visual trip starting with rural places up to the man-made world.
Says Bence: «Throughout my one year stay in China, I tried to find my home in a world completely unknown to me. And because home is where one can find himself, the photographs can also be seen as self-portraits projected onto China. Without assistance and not being able to speak Chinese, it was hard for me to communicate with people. Therefore, I refrained from picturing humans and I focused on their environment instead. In the first part of my journey I had been wandering through the countryside, trying to avoid the metropolitan areas, but with time, I found myself in ever larger cities. In my journey’s second part, it was increasingly challenging to avoid the portrayal of humans. The series follows the development of my voyage, as I gradually approached, starting from rural existence, the man-made world».
Here are some awesome examples of Bence’s work.
For more information about Bence Bakonyi check out his website https://www.behance.net/bencebakonyi.