Muztagh Ata, Western China, 1986 —
24,636 foot Muztagh Ata rises above the startling turquoise blue waters of Karakul Lake, on the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau in Xinjiang, China. I was leading the first American group to cross over the Kunjerab Pass on the newly constructed Karakoram Highway when this shot was made, and it was – without a doubt – one of the most frustrating days of my long travel career. For although I'd made specific arrangements with the Chinese tourism department regarding the need for frequent photo stops during the long day's drive, that information wasn't communicated to the drivers of our 3 Land Cruisers, who were only concerned about getting to our lodging before nightfall. This clash of wants and wills began with the drivers being three hours late in starting the long journey, and then complaining bitterly whenever I'd call for a photo stop. This rapidly turned into a very hostile relationship as we were forced to drive past some amazing scenes while I tried to balance time vs. image quality, and the needs of clients vs. drivers. Ultimately one client rebelled and opened the car door to get out while moving, and the drivers lost it. When we finally got to the rest house it was well past dinner, but at least we were successful in capturing "some" of the beauty of that drive on film. Fortunately travel got easier in succeeding years as the Chinese adjusted to the strange desires of its foreign visitors. Nikon F3, 35mm f1.4, Fuji Velvia film.
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