Fujifilm travel documentary in China: Pearl Harvesting

 

SHANXIAHU TOWN, ZHUJI, CHINA

Zhuji City is the biggest distributor of freshwater pearls in the world. The pearls are exported to more than 50 countries, and 90% of freshwater pearls sold in the world are supplied by the city alone.

 
 
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Workers tolling under the rain.

The colourful umbrellas contrasted against an otherwise grey and dull scene.

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The workers had defined roles.

Some opened the oysters…

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…while others shelled them

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Can you spot the pearls?

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A worker carries two buckets full of oysters and pearls.

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He then proceeds to rinse away the oysters, leaving only the pearls in the bucket.

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The rinsing process is repeated several times until the water turns clear and no oysters are left in the bucket.

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A bucket full of pearls.

The pearls will then be sorted according to colour and size, before they are made into jewellery and other products.

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CAMERA AND LENSES: FUJIFILM X-T3, 10-24MM F4, 8-16MM F2.8, FUJIFILM GFX 50R, 63MM F2.8

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