“Aroused people's reflection on future environmental change”——Daily Sunshine 2020.8
Design Society values sustainability and balance of human inhabitation with nature. As a special program of the 2020 7th Edition of The Franco-Chinese Month of The Environment, When we left,_______ Naturalia: Chronicle of Contemporary Ruins— the first solo exhibition of French photographer Jonathan Jimenez in China is co-hosted by Design Society and the Consulate General of France in Guangzhou. His camera frames thousands of contemporary ruins in more than 40 cities all around the world. Through four acts — Natural Proximity, Natural Penetration, Natural Growth and Natural Return — his beautiful though desolated photographs bring us to the sites of natural carnival when the human is gone, and interrogate the fundamental challenge for the human being: how to balance our relationship with nature?
The Franco-Chinese Month of The Environment was established by Embassy of France in China in 2014 and is held annually. It aims to raise public awareness of environmental issues and facilitate relevant Franco-Chinese collaboration. Born in 1985, Jonathan Jimenez left the financial industry at the age of 33, and had been focusing on his career as a photographer. He is devoted to the exploration of the relationship between nature and human being, and has published five personal catalogues. His works were seen on National Geographic, ArchDaily, Architectural Digest, BBC, Lonely Planet, among others.