Revisiting an ancient village in Guizhou

Revisiting an ancient village in Guizhou, one of China’s most splendid provinces, to bring my family to meet the wonderful people and places I photographed in my story “A Gift of Love“. The 80-year-old feng shui master Wu is still there, and without knowing much about me, he told my fortune by measuring my fingers when I met him at his home alone. “A wanderer”, he said, my life is spent traveling between my brother and wife, who live far from each other (bro is in Hong Kong, wife in Brussels). “Life”, he continues, gains a new purpose when I …

REBIRTH ALONG CHINA'S YANGTZE RIVER

FOLLOW A JOURNEY UP AND DOWN CHINA'S YANGTZE RIVER AND LEARN ABOUT A MULTI-LAYERED EFFORT TO PROTECT EVERYTHING FROM RARE PORPOISES TO SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

China’s colossal rise has made the Yangtze, its longest river,…

China’s colossal rise has made the Yangtze, its longest river, also one of the world’s most polluted. Yet, as the country reaches for a greener future, there are signs the river could be saved. To get to the story, the WWF team and I spent two weeks traveling upstream to downstream along parts of the 6,300-kilometer-river. We drank pungent Maotai liquor, fed grass-munching fish, and tracked down our hero, the finless porpoise, which recently took the uncomfortable distinction as the Yangtze’s last surviving mammal. This is the first and biggest of five stories I wrote and photographed for WWF-US, published …

Chernobyl, 30 years after

On April 26, 1986, the world suffered its worst nuclear disaster ever, when one of the four reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. The Soviet government, under leader Mikhail Gorbachev, hushed the news for 36 hours, leading to the catastrophic radiation of large nearby populations. Thirty years on today, the area is still sealed inside an exclusion zone, the towns and villages devoid of humans apart from the engineers busy with the continued clean-up effort. The displaced residents live scattered in towns and villages across Ukraine, with many second or third generation children displaying unusually high cases of diseases including cancer.

Chernobyl marks 30 years after the nuclear catastrophe that scarred…

Chernobyl marks 30 years after the nuclear catastrophe that scarred our conscience. The Soviet government hushed the news for 36 hours, leading to the irradiation of large nearby populations. Today, the area is still sealed inside an exclusion zone, the towns and villages ghostly. For this story, I met displaced residents scattered across Ukraine, with many second or third generation children displaying unusually high cases of genetic diseases. Posted by | View Post | View Group

IN PHOTOGRAPHS: Uprooted Chinese farmers get to grips with city life

In the second of a two-part series on China’s massive urbanisation drive, photographer Justin Jin meets former farmers as they try to make themselves at home in an unfamiliar environment.

Part II of my photo story “Uprooted”, about China’s sweeping…

Part II of my photo story “Uprooted”, about China’s sweeping urbanisation, published yesterday in the Post Magazine in Hong Kong. Posted by | View Post | View Group