My first visit to Yunnan province was in April 2008 whilst I was living in Vietnam. Kunming, its principal city, was just an hours flight from Hanoi. After several months in the flat Red River Delta I was longing to see hills and mountains.
Rather than focussing on the enormity of the country's cities and its fast paced growth, this project is about the people and places left behind in the mad rush for modernisation and the effects this is having on the countryside. The majority of villagers are subsistence farmers, although money now usually comes from economic migrants who have left their villages to work in China's boomtowns.