Photo of the day: Qian Zhuang’s Map


This week’s photo series is “CELEBRATE WOMEN” — directed by Nicole Chan, with support from other talented photographers. Women respond to the question “What empowers you?” in these raw, minimalist portraits.

“Dreams come out of experience, memory loss comes out of drinking wine and strength comes out of travel. What comes out of you?

Maybe everyone has one’s own opinion about life, and I think life is about travel.

I prefer the word “drifting”. It sounds more unrestrained, free, and chivalrous.

I like snow-capped mountains, stars, and the healthy feeling of fatigue after tramping over hill and valley;

I like museums, monuments, ancient buildings and the historical feeling of seeing the real antique after days of hard work;

I like looking for local snacks under the guidance of navigation;

I like to be called sister in the south and girl in the north;

I like to prepare traveling to a destination and enjoy it with friends in the run-in;

I have worked for 5 years and left home for 10 years.

As an Aries, travel has become an escape from the monotony of life and work.

I prefer a life with not so much gain and loss, but more and more experiences.

I prefer a deep life to a long one.

I hope travel could always be my antidote, not a poison.”

– 庄倩 Qian Zhuang, photographed by Chen Chen, Chongqing, China, 2018

Follow the series on Instagram @celebratewomenseries

Nicole Chan
    Nicole is a Shanghai-based mixed medium artist. She draws inspiration from Japanese animation, fantasy novels, and pop surrealism, and often incorporates self-made costumes and props. Chan believes in the power of visual arts as a mechanism for storytelling and social change. Her work has been recognized by educational and non-governmental institutions, and she is currently working as Associate Creative Director at LearningLeaders. For more visit nicolechan.org

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