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French photographer Alain Delorme’s Totems series is a vivid and colorful documentary of bicycle-based object transportation … and perhaps a prototype for moving (or building) in a world without codes or regulations.
The images are a potential analogy for many things – ever-upward construction in dense cities like Shanghai, the relationship of individuals and masses in the world’s most populous country – and the basis for an endless stream of ‘Made in China’ references.
Regardless, the vibrant contexts and singular nature of the objects being carried (from gorgeous flowers and clear-blue water bottles to mundane packing boxes and used tires) make for an epic series regardless of deeper meaning.