It’s Time to Live Fearlessly

Last October I was a speaker at TEDxShanghaiWomen and now the talk is online.

Fear can be a catalyst to make positive changes in your life. Welcoming opportunities and making a conscious choice to persevere even when frightened can lead us to a world of unimaginable possibilities.

Learn about what I do, and my message, when I’m not photographing interiors and architecture around Asia by visiting the link below.


Anti-Poaching Station
Mongolia Autonomous Region of Qinghai

The Shanghai based firm, MRT design, was asked to design a portable and highly efficient anti-poaching station for a group of Mongolian conservationists in Geermu, Qinghai. Eleanor has been photographing Bill Yen and his team’s projects since her arrival to Shanghai in 2008. She had been solo trekking holy mountains of eastern Tibet and decided to take a break and head further west to see the final design, execution, and presentation.




With the vinyl enclosure down the unit can hold at least 8 adults and stay warm during the cold desert nights. The exterior design was inspired by NASA space stations while the interior retains a traditional Mongolian design. The container is raised and lowered by hydraulics for easy transportation and the weight will prevent from being moved by devastating winds often found in the region.

Check out the tv show that was filmed that weekend featuring Bill Yen and this one-of-a-kind design by visiting this LINK.

The crew, design team, conservationists, and I did get to spend some time having fun in the desert when we all had some break time. It was the first time Eleanor had the opportunity to drive through the isolated sand dunes of western China in a 4WD.20151001_mrtGeermuExploration-67






“The Nomad’s Chrysalis” Personal interior architecture and adventure project.

Nearly 6 years ago, I embarked on a solo bicycle journey around China and surrounding countries, that spanned over 2 years and 20,000 kilometers.

I had begun to photograph the rooms and interiors where I slept as a way to document and journal my travels to draw upon the imagery at a later date for writing and publications. There hasn’t been a time that I can remember that I haven’t been drawn into the details of spaces. Perhaps this comes from growing up in a household where my father worked in the construction sector so I was exposed to a variety of spaces, throughout different stages of development. When I returned home from my expedition and spent time with the images it became obvious that there was a body of work developing from the interiors.

The body of work is entitled “The Nomad’s Chrysalis” and is an ongoing and personal project. You can view the entire body of work by visiting my editorial and travel portfolio.

“Home of the traveler represents more than a temporary place of rest but a private space for daily reflection and personal exploration. It’s a sanctuary where a wanderer allows the stress and worries that come with surviving unknown lands and among strange, yet extraordinary, cultures. A personal temple where the devotee of a path can meditate among their reticent thoughts and boundless emotions with revelations of personal growth, like that of a blooming lotus. The modest space of a nomad that is only decorated with essential possessions and esoteric tools for continuing and planning the migration onward. It’s a room of respite that is essential to the personal evolution that occurs during a pilgrimage through the world and life.

This body of work, entitled “The Nomad’s Chrysalis”, began in 2010 during a solo bicycle tour around Asia that spanned 2 years. I had begun documenting the rooms as a way to visually record my travel in hopes to draw upon that day’s events and emotions. At the time, I was also beginning to develop my profession as an architecture and interior photographer. This compelled me to capture the interesting and unique spaces I lived in. As time passed, there was the realization that this imagery evoked strong and complex emotions while cuing buried memories. The quickly growing collection of spaces developed into an ongoing project that physically identifies my travel while providing a concept for viewers to examine and contemplate.

Revealing little about the personal thoughts and emotions of the artist, this allows an individual interpretation and reaction from the audience. The observer can question what the traveler may have been feeling and thinking: curious of the previous day’s events and how the next was anticipated and to be prepared for.

Each room represents a vital stage in development of a travelers as chrysalis is to the world of insects. The room is a habitation where cleaning and recovery occurs while the slow and continuous transformation transpires. These rooms contained a nomad’s physical presence and material possessions while also providing a place of solitude to safely discover and meticulously explore her psyche.”
– Eleanor Moseman 2016


PASSAGEN Cologne Interior Design Week 01/19/2015 – 01/25/2015

An interior shot from the project Shanghai Penthouse was featured by Striking this month at PASSAGEN Cologne (Interior Design Week).



Welcome 2016!

Welcome to Eleanor Moseman’s  updated architecture and interior photography portfolio, now called “Architecture Design Photography”. We look forward to working with you during the year to come.

Happy New Year!