Microcosm is a series by German photographer Christopher Domakis. Inspired by the Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all level of the cosmos, Christopher points his camera at the microcosm of the suburbs of Chinese mega cities, which reflects, on a larger scale, the macrocosm of the whole over-urbanized China.
The introduction to the project on Behance explains the concept perfectly:
In this case we are looking at one of the Chinese microcosms which means that these pictures interpret different layers of life in Chinese mega cities down to single individuals representing life inside residential environments. Today, most people in China live in cities…cities which have been constructed and developed in the past ten to twenty years and which are mostly unknown by western industrial countries. While the city center is changing fast the suburbs of all these urban areas are changing and growing even faster. This is the place where most of the arriving new residents are going to stay and try to make a living. Huge development areas with lots of massive residential “towers” and enormous separated complexes of buildings, at the scale of a district, represent the current face and (sometimes) surreal scenery of Chinese housing at the edge of a city. On the other hand this also represents the circumstances of the majority of 1,3 Billion citizens of China which is the macrocosm in this context.
All pictures courtesy Christopher Domakis.