Friday, July 11, 2014

Pic of the Week: Catching Snails

"Although Jim made this image years ago, it wasn't until recently that I discovered it. In terms of color and composition, it was unlike any of his other work. Travel through Jim's work is common- this is one of the first pieces that really transported me."

Brandenburg Gallery
Ravenwood Studios

Notes on Catching Snails from Jim Brandenburg:

"This image was shot on assignment for National Geographic during the Cold War era in the early 80's so it was rare for Americans to roam about, although I did have constant 'babysitters'. It was also at the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution after Mao.  I was one of the earliest American photojournalists allowed to see some of the off-limit places in northern China, like their underground cities built as bunkers against possible attack from the USSR. As one of the few Caucasians ever to visit, I had crowds of wide-eyed young people surrounding me almost everywhere I went; I felt like a rock star.

This image was made in Beijing at the Old Imperial Palace - the fellow was catching snails by dragging a net along the wall of the moat surrounding the palace. This was not a recreational pastime as food was scarce. When I noted the lack of birds, I was told Mao had instructed the people to catch and eat them.

China has completely transformed since this photograph was made."

Pic of the Week (July 11, 2014): M524 Catching Snails - China

Pic of the Week features the images of Jim Brandenburg, as selected weekly by his staff. With each selection, we hope to highlight the depth, breadth, and splendor of his work. 

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