When spending seven weeks in China, not every minute is spent on shooting your story. Every photographer came home with lots of extra pictures and small stories - stories we want to show you here. We publish blog posts here until the lauch of our book on June 4th.
Blog entry 30th of May 2015 by Melisa Fajkovic
Blue, pink, purple, red - looking quickly through her options, today she choses the red one. She tosses her shirt around her before taking a look in the mirror, adjusts her collar, and buttons it up.
«Riiiiing, riiiiiiiing.», the phone shouts. She picks it up and speaks quickly.
She puts on her earrings, a wig, and sheepskin and goes out.
8 o’clock. Sharp. The music starts to play out of big speakers, and tourists try to find their seats.
Mosuo villagers perform a Fire Dance for tourists, but for PingCuo ZuoMa (16), it’s a place to meet her friends.
Photos by: Melisa Fajkovic
The Street Cleaners
Blog entry 29th of May 2015 by Patrick da Silva Sæther
In a narrow alley taking us away from the main road of Kunming’s urban village, we find Jiang Xianlan. She just came home from work, and is preparing dinner for her two sons and her husband Lu Wenquan. Together they keep the streets of the urban village clean, working from three in the morning until six in the evening. They moved from a mountain village in the northern Yunnan province to Kunming eight years ago. The lack of job opportunity in their hometown made it necessary for them to move to a bigger city.
– In Kunming we can earn more money and give our children a better education, Qenquan says.
They are one of the 160 millions rural migrant workers in China. That makes 12% of China’s total population. Their house consists of a bunk bed, a wardrobe, a kitchen set, loads of coal bricks, which they use to sell, and a living room combined. All of this squeezed in a small room in the size of a small garage. The big numbers of migrant workers encounter a tough transition to a life in the city. They end up in cheap households in the urban villages surrounded by skyscrapers. But Jiang Xianland and her family encourage and care for each other, which makes their living condition easier to cope with.
Photos by: Patrick da Silva Sæther
Step into mistery
Blog entry 24th of May 2015 by Hao Wu
This photo was taken in Darjeeling, India, It’s a small village town in the north of west Bengal, despite I already ran out of my energy after 24 hours journey from Kolkata, the first thing for me to do was hanging out with my camera, and my curiosity.
I chosed to walk with my instinct, not to the downtown but follow the path to the top of the hill, heavy fog cover my eyes and my heart, I was walking silently, in a strange place, with an exotic amosphere, everything around me was so true that I could touch it, heard it, the whole experience of walking that night was still like a dream for me, made me forget about hunger and fatigue, I arrived to this place at the end of my dream, the world is like stop for me, i tried to stay in this unknow and mistery, for as long as possible, I didn’t want to awake, then two nuns walks out of the fog with a flashlight in one’s hand, I took a picture, then I know Im back to the reality again.
Photos by: Hao Wu
Blog entry 24th of May 2015 by Line Søndergaard
China´s elders are an exploding group, as the life expectancy has moved from 43 years in 1960 to 76 years today. Rural elders often keep active through labour, while those residing in the cities keep active by exercise in public spaces. A long tradition among the Chinese.
Photos by: Line Søndergaard
Blog entry 23th of May 2015 by Bård Bøe
The area started as a village, then it was turned in to a city. Farmers and animals were moved, in advance of tall sky scrapers and business buildings. Now the change happens again. The large sky scrapers and inhabitants are moved in advance for taller sky scrapers and richer business men.
Most of the people have left their homes. Some families stays behind - and are seen as rebellions. The one who won’t move.
The families didn’t want me to take the pictures, so I gave my camera to the kids, and started playing with them. Four hours later, I got the access, and started taking the pictures.
Photos by: Bård Bøe
Chinese new year
Blog entry 17th of May 2015 by Yan Cong
Four days before the Chinese New Year, the extended family of the Zous get together to have a family reunion lunch. After the firecracker burst, and the big meal finished, family members sit outside to chat.
The old lady sitting at the door has three sons and two daughters. Her oldest son is the smoking man on the right. The other two sons–one of whom is the subject of my main story–both working in a far-away coastal city, are not home for the most important holiday in China, because they neither have the time or the money to travel. When the kid showed up and leaned slightly on his grandfather, I snapped the shot, couldn’t help but wonder what his life would be when he grew up.
By: Yan Cong
The careless hairdresser
Blog entry 16th of May 2015 by Will Wu
I met a interesting Vietnamese boy in a Chinese border town. He was a tattoo artist and moved to China two years ago with his mother and little sister. The first year he just stayed at home because he didn’t find a tattoo job. Later on he went out to work at a barbershop. The daily work are not fun for, and he enjoy his time off as much a possible. “I just treat my job as a game. Like my hair, I colored it four times in three days”, he said. He doesn`t think too bright about his future.
Photos by: Will Wu
Desert ghost city
Blog entry 15th of May 2015 by Torstein Bøe
A small town located on the banks of the Yellow River in Zhongwei is completely abandoned. The inhabitants were forced to move because of the variety of coal plant in the city failed to rise over the mountains behind and therefore fell over the city. The buildings are now completely abandoned but some still have furniture indoors.
By: Torstein Bøe
What is your chinese dream?
Blog entry 14th of May 2015 by Patrick da Silva Sæther
As a part of the photo workshop we had in Kunming, we were challenged to portray people on the streets and ask them the question: «what is your Chinese dream?»
Some felt obliged to write good words about their country. Others dared to share their personal wishes and dreams. Meet four youths in Kunming, and learn about their Chinese dreams.
Her own room
Blog entry 13th of May 2015 by Melisa Fajkovic
Mosuo is a small female dominated ethnic group living high up in the Tibetan Himalayas. The society is matriarchal and in every family the oldest grandmother is in charge.
The day after the Chinese New Year, Mosuo families in Lugu Lake gets their thirteen year olds ready for their annual «Coming of Age» Ceremony. The families all hike up to the mountains to celebrate one of the most important events in a Mosuo child’s life.
By: Melisa Fajkovic