Beijing Dust Storm, 1979

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Beijing is on the edge of the Loess Plateau, an area bound by a huge 500-mile bend of the Yellow River and known for its fine sand, almost like ground flour. Each spring, the sand would descend upon Beijing like Bartholomew’s Oobleck – there was no way to keep it out of your mouth or any other part of your body, even if you kept your windows closed. It was just everywhere. 1980- (2)Sometimes it blew in with a storm, other times it just descended quietly overnight like the first snow of winter – as it did in this photo. At the time I was staying in the Minzu Hotel with a group of advertising executives from McCann-Erickson (we ended up placing the first commercial billboard in the city, shown in the thumbnail).

Gear: Pentax MX. Kodachrome. Scanned with Epson V700.

This and other landscape photos are part of the “Flo Sho” gallery, which consists of images that we are planning to use for a new productivity app. 

Beijing Dust Storm, 1979 was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by Michael

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