Not a Tourist

Nothing says weirdo-not-from-here more than a seaside happy snapper on the loose.




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Nothing says weirdo-not-from-here more than a seaside happy snapper on the loose. Fortunately, Corsicans are too chill to care – I had quite the shutter work out on this flawless afternoon drinking smoothies (“Coco Banane“) and reading Penguin Classics. As somebody who somehow manages to overcommit at the best of times, thinking about breathing patterns and refusing to move from your spot in the sun (please wear sunscreen) is slightly alien. For the first two weeks of traveling with Alex, I constantly felt like there was something I ought to be doing (could I please stop by that Starbucks to check my inbox?), but by this stage in Corsica, sleep-ins did not seem so wasteful, and prolonged periods of time in one location didn’t bother me so much. It’s the island life. It gets into your bloodstream.

But I like it.

And now that I’m thinking about it, I don’t particularly want to write anymore.

Excuse me while I bikini up.

Collette by Collette Dinnigan Bikini – and Alex’s boardies are by TIMO, should you be interested

Shot by Alexei and yours truly on Nikon D600


Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.




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