Late last month, WildChina sat down with nature photographer Mr. Xiang Dingqian, a native of Qinling, who recently exhibited his work at The National Art Museum in Beijing. His powerful images of wildlife– both vivid and lively–showcase rare animals in their natural habitat. At WildChina, we sat down with Dingqian to get to know the man behind the photographs.
Dingqian began his career in Changqing Nature Reserve in 1989, and with a small group of panda specialists, built the Qinling Panda Reserve. During this time, Dingqiang developed a passion for photographer and began shooting pandas. This passion soon developed into a career and Mr. Xiang has risen to become one of China’s most famous nature photographers.
Since he began his career in the Changqing Nature Reserve 22 years ago, Dingqian has lived a significant portion of his life in the mountains. Dingqian says, “I have chosen a path destined to be far away from money and material, but with so much natural beauty surrounding me, and with camera in hand, I feel that my life should be in Qinling.” From everyone at WildChina, we also hope that he continues his work so we can further enjoy his photography.
Photos by Xiang Dingqian