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Timeless Design Photograph by Michael Yamashita
Hewing to a long but dying tradition, workmen in Beihai, China, craft the wood skeleton of a junk for the prolific South China Sea fishing industry. The ship's design has probably changed little since Chinese admiral Zheng He commanded a massive fleet of junks during seven epic voyages—the first of which was launched 600 years ago this month. In service to Ming emperor Zhu Di, Zheng's Treasure Fleet conducted widespread trade and diplomacy throughout the Indian Ocean. His mandate was to enrich the imperial treasury by exacting tribute from leaders of other countries bordering the Indian Ocean, and to solidify their allegiance to China.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 1V Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia Lens: 16-35mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Cloudy, bright Time of Day: Late afternoon Lighting Techniques: Natural light