From the lens: China Mountain Harvest

Last year, at this time, I journeyed to the mountains of China.  After days working my way to Yunnan province, working with tea farmers, I decided to journey to a more remote area, less accessible, where traditional agriculture was older.  Ironically, much farther from a road network in hills in the mountain shadows of Jade Dragon and Haba Snow Mountain , I found farmers working organically along an old trade route, known as the Tea Horse Road.  This old trade route, that links Tibet with China, helped the region trade their prized tea with equally prized Tibetan horses, ridden by warriors.  Foot and horse traffic is still the only way to navigate portions of this trade route, and I stayed with Tibetan families for some days, drinking tea at night, and capturing the agriculture landscape by day.  The images are not dissimilar from traditional agricultural activities in our own mountain shadows where we farm in our valley. 

As part of this project, I went on assignment for the Rainforest Alliance to make a film about the people who grow the tea that traveled this tea trade route.