I just finished my second project with AdAsia and Subaru. The creative teams were fantastic to collaborate with as usual. We had some unexpected weather related hurdles to overcome when snowstorm "Electra" hit New York. But we rose to the challenge and with the help of a great team we created a wonderful final image in which you can't even tell that it's winter. Big thanks to Nancy at Frog Hollow Farm for furnishing the location and the excellently trained horses (one of whom was an Olympic hopeful).
One of the most incredible things I saw while exploring Beijing was the Underground City, also known as Dixia Cheng. It is a series of tunnels compromising a bomb shelter that was constructed in the 1970s in anticipation of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Thank goodness it never needed to be used for that purpose. I spent an afternoon doing some urban spelunking and wandering the tunnels with my Hasselblad. The tunnels were dark and damp and filled with some odd artifacts, like a series of folding chairs with framed portraits of communist leaders, including Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Chiang Kai-Shek. There is even a portrait of Karl Marx that from a distance looks like Frederick Douglass.
Several years ago I went go Beijing. Like any other traveler I wanted to explore the streets, meet the people and experience the culture which is vastly different from my own. But as a photographer I also wanted to capture my personal experiences there. Everywhere I went my head swiveled from back and forth from side to side trying to take it all in. So I began wandering the streets with my Noblex 35mm panoramic camera. With this camera I was able to capture what I was seeing all around me. It's a trip I won't soon forget and I can't wait for the opportunity to go back.