Business travel has been a fact of life for Antonio Lastoria during which he has experienced Asia on several occasions. After his first few trips with no visual record of theses 24,000 km journeys, he decided, whenever feasible, to photographically study some element of these exotic lands. In 2012, he visited the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
In 1406, over one million workers including one hundred thousand artisans toiled fourteen years to construct what is known as the Forbidden City. They worked with a variety of materials such as wood, clay, marble, bronze and other precious materials to construct the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Over 980 buildings are abundant with evidence of intricate workmanship, skill, dedication and attention to detail in this architectural marvel. This exhibit's focal point is the craftsmanship of these individuals concentrating on their artistry and creativity in every aspect of the architecture.