Over the course of this blast into the past, this non-suffering artiste has learned he must sacrifice certain projects and ideas in order for his lens to maintain that prime-actual angle. Photography is, after all, all about mind-focus. And Hou is one man with a plan.
Whether huddled up in the hutongs surrounding Zhongnanhai or trekking through the off the beaten path villages of North Africa, Hou to this day maintains a fresh outlook on everything new and unexpected the streets of China have to offer. From the Atlas to Beijing, Hou has a plan — A, B and See.
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Featured Image: Crowds at Beijing Strawberry Festival. Photography by Laurent Hou
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After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.
Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.
Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.
Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.