Chinese photographer Zhang Bojun has a nice collection of plaid designs in his portfolio. These “designs” are digital manipulations created from overhead images from the vast sea of humans that are Beijing’s streets. The artist photographs the swarms of people that throng the streets of Beijing and repeats observed patterns, while reducing the actual image to a bird’s eye view. These images take the form of interlocking designs that are usually seen in plaid fabric.
Zhang’s work is a commentary on modern life in China, and the pattern of migration into the larger cities. It presents a look at the average worker who comes to the city with dreams, and is yet unable to settle or realize those dreams.