A Phenomenal Project
Yan Wang Preston spent four years working on the project of her lifetime (2010-2014). It was an ambitious and highly original one, she set out to photograph the entire 6,211km Yangtze River. Yan decided to use a large-format film camera for her legendary project, therefore having gone through physical, organizational, emotional and artistic challenges in order to create the body of work she desired. Yan had pre-determined her locations by equally spreading them out by 100km, making sure to include the reality of the river, not only the breathtaking views or structures surrounding it. She went through all weather conditions, sometimes -30 to +44, still acquiring the photos she felt were necessary. We can still discover fresh, authentic and sometimes surprising views through avid physical and personal mapping, even with the immense technology we have today! The Yangtze, also known as China’s “Mother River” which however has only been captured from its most famous checkpoints, the views which have the easiest access, usually used by tourists and or locals. Yan captured thousands of pictures witnesses parts of the river that are strictly inhabited by tribes and or no one at all!
Yan has created a Kickstarter in order to fulfill her dream of publishing her project in a book called “Mother River.” So far she has 107 backers and $10,628 of $17,056 goal. With 19 days remaining, you still have a chance to contribute and be apart of an amazing adventure with Yan. Check out her Kickstarter page to get an idea of the opportunities and options that await.
A River With History
The Yangtze River takes an important part in Chinese history. Traces of human activity in the area can be found as far as 2 million years ago. In addition to its social and economic importance, the Yangtze river basin is a center of immense biological wealth. The Yangtze River, also called the Chang Jiang meaning 'long river,' rises in the mountains of Qinghai Province on the Tibetan plateau, and flows 6,300 Km to the East China Sea, opening at Shanghai.
All photo credits: Yan Wang Preston