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JJ Zhou

JJ Zhou

Travel History

Profession: Student
Status: Photographer& Storyteller
Location: Moscow , Russia
Home base: Boston, USA
Email: •••••••• (private)
Languages spoken: Mandarin, English, Swahili(conversation online)
Organization: Tufts University
Phone (SIP) •••••••• (private)
Blood type: A
Last login: about 1 year ago
Member since: 07 Jan 2014 14:01


Born and raised in Nanjing, China, I had no idea what the world was like outside of the rapidly urbanized metropolis. My impression of my country was limited to the high-rising residential buildings, office towers with reflective glasses and demolished red brick buildings. I desperately wanted to get out. At the age of 18, I decided to study at Tufts University in Boston. Two years at Tufts gave me a chance to see myself in a new light. I picked up the camera in order to see other people’s lives. The more unfamiliar they are, the better. During this past year, I documented food disparity and ordinary lives of people in low-income communities in inner city Boston. As I thought I was seeking adventures into the excitement of the unknown, I was actually looking at the mirror at myself. Immigrant families struggling to get on their feet; kids throwing basketball at each other’s faces; people going to churches… All of these were strange in form, yet familiar in feelings. Now, my goal is to see more, photograph more, feel more and at the end of the day, hopefully know a little bit more about myself.


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