In 2009 a huge swathe of land in the heart of China will disappear beneath the waters of the Yangtze river. Along with it will go the people who lived, worked and brought up their families on the river's banks, in houses owned by generations of their ancestors. I first travelled to China in 1999 to record daily life on and around the great river before an ancient way of life disappeared forever. It was like stepping back into feudal times and to witness this way of life was a real opportunity. In 2003 I returned to a vastly different landscape with many of the towns and villages I had previously visited, already submerged. I photographed residents preparing for their move and the rubble of towns and villages destroyed before being submerged by rising waters.