In October, 2010, I attended the Atlanta Portfolio Review (http://acpinfo.org/) and met with two Chinese curators, a Miss Yan Li and Mr. Cai Huan-song. A week later I was formally invited to visit Inner Mongolia, China, along with about 11 other American photographers. We were invited to attend the inaugural exhibition and photo festival of the Xiang Sha Wan Art Show.
I arrived on December 29th, 2011 and returned home on January 6, 2012. Our experiences in Inner Mongolia were very memorable. The Americans bonded and we met so many outstanding Chinese photographers during our time there. Xiang Sha Wan is the “Sand Bay” of the Gobi Desert, meaning it is on the far eastern edge of the desert. It is a destination location for Chinese families on holiday, usually in spring, summer, and fall. Alas, we were there in the dead of winter…
In honor of my first anniversary, I am posting a series of photographs taken in China, mostly in Baotou and Erdos, and the desert. There are definitely some common threads seen throughout the imagery, energy consumption being an obvious theme.
I will continue to post photos from China in the coming days so stay tuned…I will definitely post more upbeat images next time!
The above image was the first place winner in the “Earth Through a Lens” photography competition . If you are interested, the call is now open for this year’s exhibition, closing date January 21!