Saturday, February 7, 2009

China will win

©Ingrid Booz Morejohn and Gleerups Publishing

A bunch of books came in the post yesterday, two of which were textbooks from Gleerups Publishing that I worked on during the autumn and winter as picture researcher and photographer. Kina idag (China Today) used a picture I took at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics on the cover. I photographed the man in the picture during the rowing competitions in Shunyi. That day it was very hot and humid and he was sweating profusely. He was dressed all in red and yellow and ran around the stands with a large Chinese flag draped around his shoulders. He posed with several people who wanted to be photographed with him but he never smiled or talked to anyone. He had a similarly dressed companion and the duo were never stopped by the numerous security guards and Olympic volunteers that were there to help visitors and keep crowd control. Other foreigners however were politely asked to stop holding up any signs or banners they had with text (in any other language than English or Chinese) that cheered their home countries or teams on. The text on his forehead says Zhongguo bi sheng: China will win.

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