National Geographic : 2004 Feb
G NM COVERIN G ETHENTW O RLD HAN DYNASTY AMan With a Following Photographerhelps the crowd take a wider view Shile retracing the route of the Han dynasty's Silk Road in western China, photographer Rob Clark (left) found out that his own route was of interest to the area's modern residents. Shooting on market day in the village of San Bao Xiang, Rob-who shared story coverage with photogra pher Lou Mazzatenta (below) suddenly noticed that the noisy street he was on had gotten qui eter. "Then I realized this whole CHENSHUXUN(LEFT);WANGBAOPING crowd of men was following me as I walked across the road," says Rob. "The smallest guy in the group was finally curious enough to ask to see my camera. The view he saw through the wide angle lens really surprised him."