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I started this series during a four-month artist in residence at The Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen. I was curious about the differences but also at things that are universally recognizable: the things that tie people together and the meaning of friendship and love.

I photographed several young people (mostly women) and their intimate relationships, finding my subjects in the streets of Xiamen and at the university campus. With some of them I built up a closer friendship photographing them repeatedly over time. Since my four-month work period three years ago, I have revisited Xiamen several times. Each visit I meet up with some of the same subjects, capturing their changes over time. Going back to the same subject repeatedly is an important aspect in almost al my work. During these encounters I attempt to touch upon the intimate moments of proximity between them and me.

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