Posts Tagged ‘China’

Huangshan Ltd featured on Lenscratch Blog

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Untitled XIII, from the series 'Huangshan Ltd'

The Huangshan Ltd project has been featured on the Lenscratch blog here.

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Selected as one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation’s 2012 Flash Forward Competition for emerging photographers

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I’ve been selected as one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation’s 2012 Flash Forward Competition for emerging photographers.

My ‘Huangshan Ltd’ project was selected by Diane Smyth (British Journal of Photography), Stefanie Braun (Photographers’ Gallery) & Francesca Sears (Panos Pictures).

The work will be published in the Magenta Foundation catalogue and feature in Flash Forward Festival events in Boston and Toronto.

PDN Magazine Interview

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Untitled IV from the series 'Huangshan Ltd'

I was recently interviewed by Conor Risch, editor of respected US-based photography magazine PDN (Photo District News). The interview is published in the March 2012 issue of the magazine. We discuss the ‘Huangshan Ltd’ project in particular and the framework behind my work. The magazine will be featuring five images from the series. You can read the interview and see the gallery of images here. Alternatively you can download the pdf of the interview here.

Limited Edition Prints now available from Diemar/Noble Gallery, London

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Untitled II from the series 'Huangshan Ltd'

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be working with the Diemar/Noble Gallery in London. They are currently displaying a 45 x 36 inch framed print of this image from the ‘Huangshan Ltd’ series.

The series comprises ten images. Limited edition prints will be available in two sizes  - 45 x 36 inches, in an edition of three & 24 x 20 inches, in an edition of seven.

Bamboo (Six Seconds) featured on hereontheweb.co.uk blog

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Untitled III from the series 'Bamboo (Six Seconds)'

Hereontheweb.co.uk is the new(ish) blog from photo editor, writer and curator Harry Hardie. Until recently Exhibitions Director at Host Gallery/Foto8 in London, Harry is now director of ‘Here’, a company that publishes, exhibits, teaches and supports photography. He is featuring the ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project here.

Bamboo (Six Seconds) - a new series

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Untitled I, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds)

Every six seconds fifteen acres of the planet are deforested. That’s 60,000 sqm, or six hectares, or nine football pitches. Every six seconds….the time it’s taken you to read these words. Shot in a bamboo forest in Anhui Province, China, the exposure time of each of these images is six seconds.

For the Chinese bamboo holds iconic status, representing the harmony between nature and man - and symbolising civilisation. In folklore, literature, calligraphy and painting bamboo’s characteristics embody the finest human virtues - integrity, humility and purity. Comparing a person to bamboo is the highest possible praise of their character.

Touted as a miracle crop to counter deforestation, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Growing up to four feet a day, one hectare of bamboo sequesters sixty-two tons of carbon dioxide per year. Generating up to 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees it can be used to produce everything from food, fabrics, paper, building material and oil.

However rising demand from the west has brought new environmental concerns for bamboo forests. Increased use of unregulated pesticides for production plus the strong chemical solvents required to process the bamboo have poisoned watercourses and threaten precious animal habitat. Indiscriminate harvesting has resulted in half the world’s species of bamboo now being in imminent danger of extinction.

For more from the series go to my portfolio website here, or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Huangshan Ltd - a new series

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Huangshan Ltd

Huangshan (literally ‘Yellow Mountain’) in Anhui province, is one of China’s most iconic and important tourist attractions. A range of mountains consisting of 72 granite peaks, the Mount Huangshan Scenic Area attracts over 2 million visitors per annum ranking it amongst the top 5 tourist destinations in China. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its scenery and role as a habitat for rare and threatened species. The World Heritage Site covers a core area of 154 square km and a buffer zone of 142 square km.

Known to the Chinese as ‘the number one mountain under heaven’,  Huangshan has inspired centuries of painters, poets and scholars. Its iconic beauty ranks it with the Yangtze River and the Great Wall as one of the most potent cultural and spiritual symbols of China. It is a ’sister national park’ of Yosemite National Park in the US and ’sister mountain’ of the Jungfrau in Switzerland.

The Mount Huangshan Scenic Area is privately owned and managed by the ‘Huangshan Tourism and Development Co. Ltd’ which is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. 51.5% of its shares are held by Chinese and foreign investors, the remainder being owned by the local government of the nearby city of Tunxi. China’s decades of rapid economic reforms and an unwillingness to allocate money and resources to such areas - has in part led to this process of privatisation.

The full series of images from this project can now be seen on my portfolio website here or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Yangzhou, China

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

The city of Yangzhou in eastern China has nearly three centuries of history and tradition which is colliding head-on with modern China’s current exponential growth. Commissioned by the City of Yangzhou to shoot this dichotomy from a western photographer’s perspective,  I witnessed how this small city by Chinese standards [in the UK it'd be our third largest city!] is embracing the rush for modernity whilst diligently (and perhaps, too enthusiastically) cultivating its rich heritage for the booming tourism market.

The images will form part of the Yangzhou Photo Festival in March 2011 and have been published in China Photo Press Magazine.