Black gobi II
Adjoining the borders of Dunhuang City and Qinghai Province is the Black Gobi Desert mountain range. Over the stretch of two years, I have taken multiple trips across the area on my cross-country vehicle, documenting the hilly parts of Gobi that very much resemble the Moon’s surface, Due to the pervasive sandstorms whipping over the area, as well as the sandy pebbles and loose soil underneath the tires, there’s only so much I could have done on the wheels with our cross-country vehicles. The vehicles can only get us as far as a few dozens of kilometers across the endless hills. What’s worse, to get to some of our pre-digitally-planned vantage points, we actually had to scale mountains after mountains of precipitousness. These photos were taken in a depopulated zone. To take photos of the starry sky, we risked driving across a river late at night, and our car narrowly escaped being washed away by the river; to find a right angle, we drove into a sharp stone area, and unfortunately, our car had a flat tire when it was getting dark, so we had to spend a cold night in the desert. These are only two little incidents, there are many things like this in the process of shooting.