A female photographer has become an online celebrity after photos of her travels around the world were circulated on Chinese social media with netizens expressing their admiration for her awesome life.
The photographer, known as Xiao Yun Dou, nicknamed Dou Dou, is also an extreme sports enthusiast and globetrotter.
She began to study dancing at the age of six and became a commercial model at 16. When she was in high school she started to get interested in outdoor sports and then in college began traveling the world. So far, she’s been to over 70 countries and hundreds of cities around the globe.
She has devoted herself to documenting her travels, making an effort to raise awareness about environmental and wildlife protection issues.
Of course, traveling can sometimes be dangerous. She recalled one time in Namibia where she was held by local police who mistook her for an animal poacher. On another occasion, her oxygen tank exploded while she was diving in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan. She was only saved thanks to the quick wits of her companions.
There was also one time when her bag was snatched by a robber. She ran after the thief and pulled back her bag just before he got away. She said that the bag contained memory cards with photos she had taken, something she couldn’t bear to lose.
She once waited for 10 days out in the wild, facing temperatures of negative 40-50 degrees Celsius just to shoot some pictures of polar bears at the North Pole.
Along with some other photographers, she also traveled to South Africa to take snapshots of schools of sardines under the sea. Her works have been collected for the the fourth episode of “Crazy Photographers,” a documentary aired on CCTV-9.
She also sometimes shares her experiences on her Weibo account @D姑娘早安, which has over 750,000 followers, though she likes to keep her real identity a secret.
By Lucy Liu
[Imags via Qilu Evening Daily]
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