Michael Kenna’s new images from Yuanyang County, China

Photographers all over the world are drawn to the intense beauty found in Yuanyang County, China. Michael Kenna’s exceptional images made while in this region show the terraced rice fields in the off-season, covered in fog.

Yuanyang, Study 1, Yunnan, China, 2013

Michael spent four days in Yuanyang exploring the landscape. Michael told us, “There are many vantage points to photograph these amazing rice fields – and there were MANY photographers there. One has to be in place pre-dawn to have the best light and vantage point. The mist quickly burns off as the sun rises. Some of the images without mist were made at sunset.”

Yuanyang, Study 3, Yunnan, China, 2013

The images in CEG’s current show, were all made in February of this year. There are only a few months when the rice fields are filled with water and make such splendid reflections. At other times they are dry or filled with colorful red and yellow flowers.

Yuanyang, Study 2, Yunnan, China, 2013