A group of 10 students traveled with RCC Photography instructor John Rash on a photo exploration trip to China during their winter break December 2011. This trip, the latest in a series that Rash has been organizing since 2009, carried the group through Beijing, Nanjing, Guilin, and Shanghai with stops at the Great Wall, Yangshuo County, fashion photography studio Studio5 in Shanghai, and the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum.
Each photo exploration trip Rash has organized to China has offered its own unique path and photographic opportunities, the highlight of the most recent being 3 days spent in the small rural city of Yangshuo which neighbors the larger, more developed Guilin. Students were able to ride bikes through small villages and interact with Chinese citizens who live a much more traditional lifestyle than that in the more industrialized cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
Rash and the students plan to organize a show of printed works later in the year, once the participating students have had time to select and prepare their images for exhibition. For the time being, students such as Mollie Trivette and Helen Gorlesky have already began posting images from China to their own blogs and websites. If you have a moment please visit and leave comments on their respected sites.