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375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 197 taken April 14, 2011, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.

One year after an intense drinking match with some (far rougher than I) Inner Mongolian farmers I found myself staring at a desert I had photographed for China Daily. This time, free from the shackles of the propaganda machine, I was sent to create twelve short videos documenting the work of Shanghai Roots & Shoots program combating desertification known as The Million Tree Project.

This photo shows our translator Whitney Yang in a dried up field. 

To see these videos or find out more about the Million Tree Project, click here.


375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 142, taken April 11, 2011, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.

There’s nothing more cute than kittens … except old Chinese people from the countryside! I met this fabulous lady while reporting on desertification in Inner Mongolia earlier this year. When this lady grew up, her backyard was grasslands. However, now her property has been taken over by the dessert. The land is no longer arable and livestock can no longer graze here. I tried for a long time to get a quote out of this lady but almost everything she said was gibberish. She may have been on the slightly senile side. We managed to get her son talking about her for a small clip in Part II of my twelve part series documenting The Million Tree Project in 2011. She appears in this video here:

To see more videos from this series click here.

To see related video “At the Desert’s Edge” click here.


375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To place bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, click on this link.