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'Mother River' encapsulates Preston's epic journey to photograph the entire 6,211km Yangtze River in China at precise 100km intervals.
'Mother River' encapsulates Preston's epic journey to photograph the entire 6,211km Yangtze River in China at precise 100km intervals.
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    Yangtze River stones.

    On the 1st December 2011 I made a circle of 127 Yangtze River stones in Chongqing, China.

    I held each stone in my hands for 10 seconds, as a way to connect with the river.

    Each stone is transported and shaped by the river. It is the manifestation of the gentle and persistent power of water.

    A Yangtze stone is priceless. Pay what you think is suitable.

    The stone will come to you in a small gift box with its geological information.

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    Oversized postcard

    Oversized postcard with the image of ‘Waiting for the light at Y4’ (see story section).

    Signed on the reverse with a personalised thank-you message.

    127mm x 177.8mm.

    Printed on 350gsm paper.

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    Signed copy of Mother River book.

    One signed copy of Mother River book.

    Pledge for £90 if you would like to have my recently released 'Forest' book too. See details on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/projects/forest-images.

    Delivered to you at the same time as the book launch.

    Post: Royal Mail Tracked and Signed.

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    A unique painting made by touching.

    On the 19th November 2011, at 5, 340 meters above the sea level on the Tibetan Plateau, I made a red circle on the frozen headwater of the Yangtze River, in front of a glacier.

    I used a special rock pigment, Indian Red Earth, that is typically applied for Tibetan religious paintings. I used my bare hands to touch the ice, as a way to connect with the river.

    Instead of offering you the representations of this action, I offer you a painting made with exactly the same materials and same technique.

    A unique Indian Red Earth painting made by touching and smearing on a piece of Chinese rice paper measure at 35cm * 70cm.

    You can touch the pigment yourself.

    Each one is unique, made with my hands, heart and mind together. Signed and dated.

    Only three paintings are available for only 24 hours.

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    Mother River book + a postcard book.

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    A set of 76 postcards in a 'low-fi' box handmade by me, featuring all 76 of the beds that I slept on during the Mother River journeys.

    Priced at £76 each set.

    Only 76 sets will be made. Each set is unique and numbered.

    75 postcards will be sent to you together. The last card will have a hand-written message from me and be mailed to you separately as a postcard. I will choose a different card to write on for each collector.

    See details on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/beds

    Digital print, A6 size, 350gsm paper.

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    Mother River book+Handmade 'Wrong' Print

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    One 25cm x 31cm hand-printed colour photograph for each of the 24 Y Points (Y39-Y62) for which I loaded the films back-to-front by mistake. See Story section for an example of Y41.

    Printed on 30cm x 40cm Fuji Crystal Archive Paper.

    Print is priced at £240 each for Kickstarter only.

    Each print is from an edition size of 3 + 1AP.

    ‘Blind buy’ on a first-come, first -served basis. The first buyer gets Y39, the second gets Y40, and so on.

    All prints and books are signed.

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    Mother River book + two-day masterclass

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    
A two-day masterclass for a mini Points System on one of the beautiful (and very interesting) Hebden Bridge rivers.

    Program includes:
    Choosing and dividing a river on Google Earth;
    Locating and photographing one location;
    Image editing;
    Making a dummy book.

    Only 5 places available.

    Price only includes tuition fee and does not include travel, equipment, accommodation or food.

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    Mother River book + one 40*50cm print

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    A 40cm x 50cm C-type archival print from any of the Mother River images in the book except Y41 and Y42.

    Numbered prints up to 5 +1AP.

    No 1 of all Mother River numbered prints at this size have been collected by Wuhan Art Museum, China. Your collection starts from No 2.

    The image will be printed on 50.8 x 60.96cm Fuji Crystal Archival Paper by a leading UK lab.

    Size can be adjusted slightly to suit your need.

    Special print price of £630, only available for the Kickstarter campaign.

    Choose images on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/projects/images.

    Signed and numbered.

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    Mother River book + two 40*50cm prints

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    Two 40cm x 50cm C-type archival prints from any of the Mother River images in the book except Y41 and Y42.

    Numbered prints up to 5 +1AP.

    No 1 of all Mother River numbered prints at this size have been collected by Wuhan Art Museum, China. Your collection starts from No 2.

    The image will be printed on 50.8 x 60.96cm Fuji Crystal Archival Paper by a leading UK lab.

    Size can be adjusted slightly to suit your need.

    Special print price of £500 each only available for this offer.

    Choose images on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/projects/images

    Signed and numbered.

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    Sponsor's package 20 books.

    As well as receiving the books, you will have your name or logo printed in the book as a sponsor.

    All books are signed if requested.

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    Mother River book + one 112*140cm print

    In addition to the beautiful Mother River book:

    A 112cm x 140cm C-type archival print from any of the Mother River images in the book except Y41 and Y42.

    Numbered prints up to 3+1AP.

    Size can be adjusted slightly to suit your need.

    The image will be printed on 120cm x 150cm Fuji Crystal Archival Paper by a leading UK lab.

    Print priced at £2,845 specially for the Kickstarter campaign.

    Choose images on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/projects/images.

    Signed and numbered.

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    Early-bird Mother River book. Signed.

    One signed copy of Mother River book.

    Pledge for £80 if you would like to have my recently released 'Forest' book too. See details on http://www.yanwangpreston.com/projects/forest-images.

    Delivered to you at the same time as the book launch.

    Post: Royal Mail Tracked and Signed.

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