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Please join us at the DAIRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Boulder, Colorado for this exciting group exhibition SAND & SNOW: Inner Mongolia
Sand & Snow: Inner Mongolia
Two years ago, ten American photographers were invited to attend the Inaugural Xiang Sha Wan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China, for New Year’s Week, 2011. We hailed from L. A., Washington, Pennsylvania, Alabama, N.Y., Oregon and Colorado.
This region of the Gobi Desert, known as Xiang Sha Wan, is known for its “singing sands”, its Bactrian camels, and the rich cultural influence of the Mongolians. A few cities such as Ordos and Baotou, also afforded us a more rural experience.
To see more work by “Sand & Snow” photographers, visit the following:
Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Curator: http://www.MaureenRuddyBurkhart.com
Thomas Michael Alleman: http://www.sunshineandnoir.com
David Grant Best: http://www.lenswork.com/specialeditions/lwf-017.htm
Brooks Jensen, publisher, LensWork Magazine: http://www.lenswork.com/index2.html
Joe Lipka: http://www.joelipkaphoto.com
Christopher Rauschenberg: http://www.christopherrauschenberg.com/Site/Home.html
Justine Reyes: http://justinereyes.com
Harold Ross: http://www.haroldrossfineart.com
Walt Stricklin: http://www.waltstricklin.com
Our first few days were spent at the remote Desert Art Palace, matting and framing the portfolios we had brought with us, for the art show and festivities.
Inner Mongolia was unforgettable in many ways. We mingled with hundreds of Chinese photographers eager to take our pictures. The landscape was both beautiful and harsh. The people were friendly and incredibly hospitable. The bitter cold windy weather was tempered by the warmth of our hosts. Delicious food, unforgettable entertainment, and total immersion in this ethnic Mongolian area of China’s outer reaches, all made for rich subject matter and fond memories.
Maureen Ruddy Burkhart
There’s a dirt road I drive down almost every morning, off the beaten path. I travel that way simply because it’s deserted and often times I see eagles, pheasant, geese and coyotes. In winter, I’m passing through there as the sun rises above the horizon, creating a pink glow.
As I continue down these roads, I pass farm fields covered with snow, just waiting for early spring. In one such field there are old rubber tires and a discarded upholstered easy chair. I imagine a farmer sitting out there…waiting. Then I wonder what goes on in their homes during the long, dark winter. There’s a feeling almost of abandonment, even though I know that it’s just the season.
This image came together as I was considering and imagining these things.
I met a fellow photographer late yesterday at a reclaimed gravel mining operation now turned wetlands. Interestingly, this wetlands area is right next to a gravel mining plant. I chose two images to convey this disparity. They include two of my favorite subject matters: nature study and industry.
On reflection, I will note that the land was there first (no kidding!), then it was mined, then it was “reclaimed”, and turned into wetlands. It is now called “Walden Ponds” (another no kidding!). Again, Colorado, the land of contrasts.
This is the third installment of my Inner Mongolia, China, one-year retrospective continued…