“I had decided to photograph humanity with the backdrop of a mighty river” - Yan Wang Preston.
Yan is a British-Chinese artist based in West Yorkshire, UK. Born in Henan Province in China, she entered Shanghai Medical University to study Clinical Medicine in 1994 and was subsequently qualified as an anaesthetist in China. In 2005 Yan moved to England and decided to pursue a new life as a photographer. She has since completed a MA in Visual Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is now completing a PhD in Photography at Plymouth University.
The concept for Mother River, Yan Wang Preston’s four-year photographic study, was put in place once she came to live in Yorkshire, England and was thinking about her motherland, China. Surrounded by other people's images of the Yangtze River, she formulated a way that would be unique to her vision. The plan was to photograph, with a large plate camera, 63 Y points which correlate to precisely 100 kilometre points along the Yangtze river, making up an epic journey of 6.320 km across China.
This is a photographic odyssey that is remarkable for the pictures and remarkable as a story. This young and fearless woman set off to make a pictorial record of the entire Mother River, stopping every 100km to take a picture on her large plate camera. The result is an astonishing look at the whole inner life of China, composed and shot with great skill and ingenuity in often the most adverse conditions.
09:30 for 10:00 start.
Bring a packed lunch and some work.
Note there is a cost of £25
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Image from "Mother River" by Yan Wang Preston