"Zhang’s project has the feel of a pilgrimage. He travels on a fold-up bicycle, following the river’s silted water from the coastal flats of Shandong, west, to the mountains of Qinghai. He journeys for a month at a time, lugging a large format Linhof camera, a tripod and just enough film. Sometimes, he says, he went a week without taking a picture. “I wanted to take my time,” he said, ”to slow down and experience every second of the moment.”
Architecture Time Magazine has some startling images of the Yellow River and although the photographer says that he doesn't set out to record environmental destruction, it's impossible not to grimace at these captured moments in which nature and concrete collide, like the beautiful white deer foregrounding a cooling tower.