Two friends, two cities and 100 days
An innovative photographic collaboration between a pair of friends in Beijing and Sydney is proving distance is no barrier to creativity.
Dora Wang and Xiao Ba Fan may live 11,000km apart, but for 100 days they used photography and social media to show how close their two lives are. The two high school friends – now living in Sydney and Beijing respectively – have made headlines in China for their project, which involved each photographing their city, then combining the two images into one.
Dora, who moved to Australia to study in 2007, says the idea came to her out of the blue.
“It was just an ordinary day…(my friend) sent me a picture of Beijing. The weather was very bad. At the same time Sydney had a great day with a blue sky and many white clouds. Then I took the same picture and sent it to her. All of the sudden, I thought of the idea of putting two pictures of two different cities together to show the differences of Sydney and Beijing,” she says.
They made a promise to each other to keep the project going for 100 days.
“Even though the concept is creative and fun, it was very hard for both of us at the start as we both need to work full time during the day. We can only spend our lunch break and spare time to work together on the ideas and editing. However I think it’s worth our time and effort.”
Dora says that while Xiao Ba is a professional photographer, her own strength is drawing.
“I generally would put ideas on paper first and then take a photo, sending it to Xiao Ba via social media,” she says.
“Sometimes we have to reshoot so many times to match the photos. Then I edited the photos on Photoshop and published them on Instagram to share with our circle of friends.
“We have to thank the advanced technologies, such as social media and smart phone apps that brought us closer so we could work together on the same project easily and cheaply,” she says.
“Personally I don’t think the way you do it is important, but the ideas are.
“Luckily we have never run out of ideas in the 100 days.”
Dora says the 100 Day Project has been a great experiment for both her and her school friend. They are now working on their next creative project, which will again combine their different localities, skills and interests.
“Xiao Ba will provide me with a photo, then I may draw something on the photo to showcase how people live, work and enjoy lives in different cities and cultures…I am happy to see more people follow our footsteps to work on a social project to advance their friendship.”
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