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Proust Questionnaire: Guo Yingguang

Guo Yingguang graduated from the University of the Arts London. She has worked as a photojournalist for Reuters, China Daily and other media. She has also photographed portraits and biographies for famous people such as Joe Hisaishi. With the series "The Bliss of Conformity", she became the first artist to receive the Jimei x Arles-Madame Figaro Women Photographers Award. Guo answered for Doors the Proust Questionnaire (a parlor game popularized by French writer Marcel Proust, who believed that answering these questions reveal an individual’s true nature).

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I think you are only aware of perfect happiness at the moment it happens

What is your greatest fear?

To not have an idea, not have something to get excited about

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I stop being rational when I'm most vulnerable

What is your greatest extravagance?

Lindy hop; dancing on sleepless nights at training sessions all over the world

What is your current state of mind?

Sometimes anxious, but mostly stable

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Respect for the elderly, love for the young

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My head is too big

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Negative feelings about one thing do not spread to other things

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Being sensitive

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

"OK" and "That's it"

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My mother

Your favorite poets.

Gu Cheng

Your favorite painters.

Winifred Knights

Which talent would you most like to have?

Being good at learning languages

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

That at the age I am now I can still live quite freely

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A seahorse

What is your most treasured possession?

The photos I've taken that I like most and the hard drives they're stored on

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being heartbroken

What do you most value in your friends?

Their trust in me

Who are your favorite photographers?

Gillian Wearing, Sophie Calle

Your favorite singer.

Ella Fitzgerald

What is your greatest regret?

When I applied for college, Westminster University gave me a scholarship, but I did not know the English word for scholarship at the time and refused!

How would you like to die?

In water

The people who inspire you the most

Lucy Irigaray

Read our interview of Guo Yingguang, photographer