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Trending: Back To The Jing — Laurent Hou Holds Up A Spherical Mirror

One challenge posed to any artist is being able to take enough time for every project you decide to undertake, at times forcing you to revisit Brideshead in order to make some improving edits. Enter: Laurent Hou -- Beijing revisited.

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. 


















All imagery comes courtesy of Laurent Hou
Featured Image: Crowds at Beijing Strawberry Festival. Photography by Laurent Hou
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Elsbeth van Paridon

China Fashion/ Urban Lifestyle Expert, Editor-in-Chief at Temper Magazine
Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada.

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.
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