I became conscious some years ago that we were entering an era in photographic history which might have 'elevator music' or ambient sound as an audible relation. The audience as a crowd were holding out a stick with a telephone attached to the end of it and recording a random selection of 'noise' which might be filed in the stratospheric cloud for later generations or visiting aliens after our demise as a species.
With this thought and a week to spare in China, I set out to shoot one iconic image which is duplicated again and again on the hour, 365 days of the year by all who visit and view the splendor from the back of a telephone before filing it for our future space visitors who might look at these pictures long after the Sky Scrapers have turned to dust and say ... 'This must have been a place of deep religious significance .. so many Earth Beings came here to take the same picture to send to their great ruler 'Facebuk' or his mighty rival 'Twit' who might have lived in the tallest of the great towers and traded insults until the day when the legend 'Trump' accidentally vaporized all living organisms and the planet known as Earth (or K-796/78 if you are an Alien) ceased to exist as a habitable environment.
So I placed my tripod and drew around the feet using four of five viewpoints and essentially shot the same picture for seven days.
Everything in photography has been done before so they say, and this one was done by me 20 years ago on assignment for an Airline from the Middle East. I marked my location as twenty years ago this was a building site. The image (not yet published) was shot using a Hasselblad X-Pan and shows the pointy tower as well as a handful of low rise buildings now demolished.
Whether it is 'art' or not is up for discussion: there is no doubt however that this project might take me forward pioneering the genre of 'long term site project photography'
I'm going to do the Eiffel Tower next as I know a good bar close by.
I used the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai ... haunt of other great artists (Guns and Roses ... Madonna).
The Mini's in the end frame were used for negotiating Shanghai and there is no better vehicle in this World for the task.