Some Dramatic River Imagery from China and Alaska

June 21, 2010 § 4 Comments

Well… none of these are the creeks of Los Angeles…  but, enjoy:

Underwater Photography by Yang Yi

Chinese artist Yang Yi takes digitally manipulates photographs to create surreal haunting beautiful underwater photos of his hometown, which has been completely submerged by the Yangtze River waters impounded behind the Three Gorges Dam. In case you’re unfamiliar with that record-settingly notorious dam – the world’s largest hydropower project, it has displaced more than 1.2million people and submerged 13 cities, 140 towns and 1350 villages – all per the excellent non-profit group International Rivers. The compound arch bridge in the photo above reminds me of the historic North Broadway Bridge adjacent to Los Angeles State Historic Park (see the image atop their blog).

For more and larger Yang Yi images, go to bumbumbum and Fabrik and ///.

Underwater Photo by Yang Yi

Shifting from China to Alaska, follow this link for “Alluvial Porn” – actually just a great long aerial image of the Yukon River and the Porcupine River.

(Corrected 23 June 2010 – Thanks to commenter skr!)

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§ 4 Responses to Some Dramatic River Imagery from China and Alaska

  • Jessica Hall says:

    re: notorious dam…and strangled off habitat of already rare fresh water porpoises.

    Cool post Joe!

    • Joe Linton says:

      true true… my description was a bit too human-centric – I guess I incorrectly assume that everyone knows that huge dams are awful for the natural environment. Thanks.

  • skr says:

    Those are not underwater photos. It is digital art showing the imagined occupants of the town going about their daily lives in a submerged city.

    • Joe Linton says:

      Thanks, @skr – You’re right. I did some hunting around on the web and… I was wrong – these are photoshopped, not actual underwater photos. The artist took the photos as the city was being dismantled, then imagined the city underwater. His statement is here.

      It’s very clear in this photo (from Dyscario), which I just saw today:
      Yang Yi creek image

      An example of geomorphically incorrect art!

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