Slowly Down the River

voyage to tokara

Slowly Down the River (2002~2007)


This is a photo story on the construction of the Three Gorges dam, in the middle reaches of the Yangtse river, China. Completed in 2009, it is the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Due to the construction, it is said that approximately 1.9 million residents lost their native land. Many riverside towns that flourished along the waterways were submerged, and as the water level inexorably continued to rise, the age-old history of this area, carried down from ancient times, came to an end. Though some years had passed since the completion of this photo story, I believe this story still works as a showcase of the real China, and hints at how this chaotic country is moving towards the future.