Dragon Jade Mountain – Yunnan – China
Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
In 2008 I went on a trip to Yunnan, China to shoot a campaign for the Chinese tourism board. The picture seen in here was shot in the Dragon Jade Mountain right before we got to LiJiang town, world heritage site by Unesco. Dragon Jade is high 5.596mt I only arrived at 4650mt. That day I thought I would die for the difficulty on breathing. But it was worth! The sight was something unforgettable. I collected the most wonderful pictures from that trip, most of them never published anywhere. For some reason when I saw the chinese flag waving in the wind, happy and free I couldn’t hold myself from shooting it. I did and seated for a while looking down that mountain, the little houses like a pin head and so peacefully. I have recently gone back to China but it was a whole new thing. The modernity of Shenzhen, Hong Kong or Shangai has nothing to do with the misterious chinese Yunnan.