I came across this piece in The Atlantic where Alan Taylor collected some truly mind-blowing images of “large crowd formations,” all taken in China, and all demonstrating a theme of patterns undulating and connecting like an M.C. Escher lithograph.
From the Atlantic:
Whether the subject is military parades or world-record attempts, mass exercises or enormous performances, the images are frequently remarkable. The masses of people can look beautiful or intimidating, projecting a sense of strength and abundance. Individuals can become pixels in a huge painting, or points on a grid, or echoes of each other in identical uniforms or costumes.
I’ve picked out some of my favorites from the list. You can view the entire piece here.
(Captions via The Atlantic):
Chinese People’s Liberation Army sailors march past Tiananmen Square during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2009 in Beijing.
A group of 1,000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports center in Jinan, Shandong province, China, on May 4, 2015. The group of 1,000 women were given a 30 minute facial beauty treatment together, achieving a Guinness world record for the largest group of people having beauty treatment in the same location, according to local media.
Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practice in a rehearsal for a stunt performance for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing on August 9, 2014.
Entertainers perform with their Fou drums, ancient Chinese percussion instruments, during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 8, 2008.
Parents of students sleep on mats laid out on the floor of a gymnasium inside a university campus in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province in this picture taken on September 3, 2007.
Performers participate in the closing ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing on August 24, 2008.
Participants perform Chinese Taiji boxing during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the third World Traditional Wushu Championship in Shiyan, Hubei province, on October 24, 2008.
Schoolchildren perform morning exercises at their school in Shanghai on October 14, 2009.
More than 1,000 Paramilitary policemen take part in an exercise in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on September 2, 2014.
Chinese military air force members practice marching at a camp in Beijing on September 10, 2009.
Students of Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are suspended in mid-air as they practice in a dress rehearsal for a stunt performance for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, at a stadium in Nanjing on August 14, 2014.
Hundreds of police officers stand alongside brand new police vehicles provided by local government to ensure public security over the New Year holidays during a handover ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on December 30, 2009.
Students perform martial arts during a competition at a high school in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on October 20, 2011.
Percussionists perform with their fou drums, ancient Chinese percussion instruments, during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 8, 2008.
Students take an examination on an open-air playground at a high school in Yichuan, Shaanxi province, on April 11, 2015. More than 1,700 freshmen students took part in the exam, which was the first attempt by the school to take it in open-air. The school said the reason was due to the insufficient indoor space and also that it could also be a test of the students’ organizing capacity.
Paramilitary policemen salute as they attend a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on October 1, 2014.
Soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army ground force march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a massive parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 2009.
[Featured image: Reuters]