Smelling the Flowers from Horseback:China is about stolen images--images shot on the run as a Canadian journalist completes assignments in 11 journeys through the Middle Kingdom. Ferguson travels from the rice terraces of Guangxi to the misted hills of Sichuan and far west to Xinjiang Province and the Taklamakan Desert. He pauses to focus his lens on ancient Silk Road ruins of Gaochang, the towering sand dunes of Dunhuang, a Miao tribal courtship festival and the only intact ancient city wall in 21st century China, and always with an eye for the resilient human face of this dynamic, ever-changing land.
A freelance journalist and photographer, my work has taken me far afield to destinations as diverse as China, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Egypt, Yemen, Ethiopia, Botswana, Peru and Argentina. My work, published almost entirely in Canada, has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines from the Globe and Mail to City & Country Home, Toronto and Destinations magazines. I'm a three-time winner of the ANTOR Award for Excellence in Travel Writing and winner of the Silver Award for Photographer of the Year in the Society of American Travel Writers Photography Showcase. Smelling the Flowers from Horseback is my first book of images, about Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia. It's both the most demanding and most rewarding project I've undertaken in my professional life.