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Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin


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A journey to the headwaters of northern China’s most important river. The Yellow River’s...

Landscapes in Transition. Image courtesy of Ian Teh. China, 2019.
Landscapes in Transition. Image courtesy of Ian Teh. China, 2019.

The deterioration of the environment in recent decades is a product of China's high growth, and its impact upon 150 million people in the basin. Eighty percent of the water flowing out of Chinese rivers is concentrated in the south of the Yangtze River basin flowing in the south, but half of the population lives in the northern dry zone. The economic development and population density in the north places a burden on the river, and the amount of water available cannot keep up with many years of industrialisation. 

I am exploring the impact of human activities on nature. The pursuit of richness and environmental preservation are difficult to achieve, and the more the government develops water resources, the more severe the landscape is. There is an invisible tension between the Yellow River and economic growth. So I want to appeal to the Chinese people by photographing the Yellow River overwhelmingly beautifully.

I want to capture the modest and calm beauty in a radically changing landscape.  I am interested in pastoral scenery in connection with the historical, economic, and scientific narrative accompanying the images. On the other hand, the Yellow River is the forefront of climate change.  Although it is difficult to notice the crisis in front of you, there is a great change happening in the back of this idyllic landscape.



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