‘Generation X got off easy compared to the hideous fate of the poor bastards in generation Z, they will be like steerage passengers in the SS titanic, trapped in the watery bowels of a sinking “unsinkable ship.”
- Hunter S. Thompson
I moved to Shenzhen in June of 2019. This collection of work is a portrait of that time - a photographer searching for something to define his generation but finding more of the same as well as something else. Something distorted and stuck in time. What I found in Shenzhen was a culture rooted in comfort. Millions commute every day from around the provinces: students, businessmen, media officials and politicians, all bound for a city where money is God and questions are never asked. I found a city entrenched in a rhythmic drawl of time that never altered, a people so comfortable that they did not speak for fear of changing things. I observed the collective agreement between those who live in fear of what is different and a comfort so pacifying it was threatening to strip purpose and the very fabric of human nature from a man.
Kingdom of Fear is a portrait of the city during 2019 to 2020, from an outsider’s perspective, using street photography, self portraiture, nightscapes and commercial imagery to create a dreamlike aesthetic. The work is personal at its core, painting a picture of an outsider experiencing a new culture that is both uncanny and deeply contrasted to his own views and experiences in the west. At heart, Kingdom of Fear is an introspective look at what it means to be an artist of Generation Z, searching for meaning in a place that is constructed and draped in fear.