Posts Tagged ‘China’

‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project featured in Orion Magazine

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

 

A bamboo forest in China from the project on deforestation and bamboo production called Bamboo (Six Seconds) by photographer Jon Wyatt

 

Orion Magazine is one of the oldest and most respected environmental and cultural magazines in the US and their May/June issue which is out today features my ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project. The images are beautifully laid out over five pages in a great looking edition ( I would say that..) which also includes, for those of you into the language of landscape, an extract from Robert Macfarlane’s new book, Landmarks.

Every image in the ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’ project has an exposure time of six seconds. This idea came from a quote I read that every six seconds fifteen acres of the planet is deforested. The full project statement continues:-

To the Chinese, bamboo holds iconic status, representing the harmony between nature and man – and symbolising civilisation. In myths, literature, calligraphy and painting bamboo’s characteristics embody the finest human virtues – integrity, humility and purity. Comparing a person to bamboo is considered 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.

A bamboo forest in China from the project on deforestation and bamboo production called Bamboo (Six Seconds) by photographer Jon Wyatt

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Huangshan Ltd featured on Lenscratch Blog

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

Untitled XIII, from the documentary landscape photography project 'Huangshan Ltd' on the privatisation of an iconic Chinese national park by photographer Jon Wyatt

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 national monuments. A range of mountains with 72 granite peaks and covering nearly 300 sq.km, the ‘Mount Huangshan Scenic Area’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site providing habitats for rare and threatened species. One of China’s top tourist destinations, its iconic beauty ranks with the Yangtze River and the Great Wall as a potent cultural and spiritual symbol. A ‘sister’ national park of Yosemite in the US, Huangshan has inspired centuries of painters, poets and scholars becoming known to the Chinese as ‘the number one mountain under heaven’. It is particularly renowned for the gossamer threads of ethereal mist that drape the mountains and for the regular phenomenon by which those mists dramatically converge into dense ‘seas’ of cloud which surge and billow between the peaks.

The entire Mount Huangshan Scenic Area is owned and managed by the ‘Huangshan Tourism & Development Company Ltd’ and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. China’s decades of rapid economic reforms and the unwillingness of central government to allocate money and resources to such areas has led to this process of privatisation. It’s a model that is being widely replicated for other iconic spiritual and historic sites, from Shaolin temples to sections of the Great Wall.

In this series of photographs, Huangshan’s seas of cloud become an allegory for the process of privatization of an iconic landscape. The mist builds, converging into a sea of cloud that blankets the peaks, and finally disperses. Photographed in a style resonant of traditional Chinese ink drawings, the clouds denote the growing rift between a nation and a landscape once revered as the inspiration for the Chinese collective national identity.

 

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.