ABOUT THE PROJECT Life In Balance documents the identity and traditional way of life of the ethnic Uyghur community of Xinjiang, China in the face of forced migration and increasing threats of assimilation into the “official” mainstream of Chinese society. I take a cultural documentary approach to my photography as a means to promote democracy. It is not a complicated idea. At its core lies the concept that although many cultures co-exist in human society, none of them should be allowed to dominate and become an “official culture”. Through my photographs, I try to capture the perspective of the relationship of humanity within the natural world as experienced by remote and often disparate cultures, unique human moments, and ones streaked with cultural significance or bearing its indelible signature. In the process, I seek to explore issues such as gentrification, social cohesiveness, and human behavior. My hope is to engage viewers “beyond the frame” of a still image, and hope to transmit emotion and spurn a thoughtful progressive dialogue that can build knowledge and improve understanding.