Around The World In One Camera – China

Around The World In One Camera - China

I received this email two days ago:

Fauna hi …

I still read your website everyday.  and I love it!  I am happy you are doing well, and your site is very successful.   keep it up!

there is a project and maybe its a perfect news story for your website.

a photographer in Los Angeles has a Lomo camera, with just one roll of film.  he made a website and found 36 people in 36 different countries.  and so, the camera is going from country to country.  and everyone person only gets ONE shot.

this started in March, 2006.  and I was the one person who registered for the project.   so I only have one shot to represent China (Nanjing, because I live here **but Im moving to Shanghai in January, im very excited**.)

anyways, here is the website: Around The World In One Camera

I thought maybe you would be interested in this because this project is quite serious.  after China, there is only a few more countries left.   then it will return to Los Angeles.   and the photos will be printed and published in a book and everyone’s story will be included in the book.  there is also a notebook that is with the camera, and everyone is writing things inside, too.  its very cool.

so anyways .. thanks Fauna for your time. I love your site, keep up the great work!

best regards,


I asked Joey Gu what picture he would take.

He replied:

hey Fauna ..

Well, it’s 2008, which is a big year for China. Olympics, of course, natural disasters (earthquake, crazy winter, etc.,) new relations with Taiwan, etc. … Anyways, I plan on taking my One photo on the last day of 2008.

And this photo project has ideals that are very close to the Olympic games. Many countries around the world, all types of people, coming together .. to celebrate our differences, our humanity because, after all, we do coexist in this world.

Also .. I think it would be cool for ChinaSMACK if you asked your readers what THEY would photograph, if they only had ONE shot. Because everyone involved in this project .. all 36 people in 36 countries .. everyone has one shot to represent their country.

And once the project is over .. all the photos will be printed and published and also the notebook and its contents will be made public as well. It will be very interesting to see what happens.

(But, Fauna .. after all, its a Lomo camera, so the quality isn’t the best. BUT .. the photo isn’t the most important. It’s the idea behind the picture, the purpose of the project and the cooperation of so many different people all over the world.)

So I hope this helps, Fauna. What are your thoughts?


The camera is in China with Joey Gu, and he plans on taking a picture on 31 December 2008.

If you could only take one picture to represent China, what picture would you take?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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