1Million Magazine is a magazine dedicated to stories from around the world with a focus on photography. It is published digitally several times a year. In May 2021 the first print edition is issued. The magazine is created by photographer and journalist chris1million. For more information and all issues visit 1millionmagazine.dk

No. 07, spring 2021




- by chris1million


How is the pandemic changing everyday life? People share their thoughts, worries and hope with a page from their diary on 3 April. Exactly one year ago they did the same thing - but what has changed in a year?

When the world shut down, photojournalist Katrine Noer mailed disposible cameras to people all over the world. Get a glimpse of everyday life from Greenland to Mexico through the photography series Lockdown Diaries.

Talented photographer Alexander W. Fazio is one of 1Million Magazine's regular contributors. In this issue you can get to know him a little bit better through a Q&A. 

The first-ever print issue of 1Million Magazine is launched on 27 May! The magazine features select images from the digital editions and is an account of the year we have been through. Launch event at GRAKOM in Copenhagen.



This issue is dedicated to everyday life around the world, and to all of us who are living through these unimaginable times.

Corona has been a reality for more than a year now. A full year. And it’s still not over. Every time things start to look up, there is a new wave, a new mutation, or one more vaccine is pulled from the market. And so “normal life” is postponed once again. 

How are you doing is a feature with diary entries by 17 people around the world. They all wrote a page in their diary on the same day - 3 April. 

The many accounts paint a picture of what has become the "new normal" - from dealing with curfews in Spain, through re-opening and growing crowds in Denmark, to an Italian lockdown that has lasted for 8 months. 

Exactly one year ago the same people shared their diary as well. If you want to be reminded of how things were in April 2020, then head to 1Million Magazine #02

Lockdown Diaries is a project by photojournalist Katrine Noer. She mailed disposable cameras to people all over the world when the pandemic hit.

The project is a visual diary that shows what life is like from Greenland through Spain and all the way to Australia. 

Behind the camera is a Q&A element that was introduced in the last issue. This time you will get to know photographer Alexander W. Fazio a little bit better. 

And finally some good news:

The first print issue of 1Million Magazine will be released on 27 May!! The launch event will take place at GRAKOM in Copenhagen. Come by for a glass of champagne and grab a copy.  

Thank you for reading along!

Stay safe, and stay sane, 

Christina Jensen,


Public curfews, mandatory masks, no social life. The corona situation differs from country to country, but many concerns, worries, and hopes are very similar no matter if you call Finland or France, Iceland or Italy your home. We have all lived in the midst of a pandemic for more than a year now. 

17 people from around the world share their diary from the same day: 3 April 2021. Exactly one year ago they did the same thing. What was new and frightening then, is now considered everyday life. 

Read on to see what life is like in April 2021. 




Rathana Chea, Chief of Staff, The Sunrise Project


In Australia, COVID-19 has been managed pretty well. We have had zero local transmission for months.

In January I decided to move out of my parents' house, as it seemed like Sydney was on the verge of achieving something that seemed unfathomable in the rest of the world - the eradication of coronavirus from the general population.

As much as I have grieved over the months that passed us with lockdowns and uncertainty about the future, there is now a sense of optimism and hope.

So much so that there has been an announcement that the borders will open again. 

But only for New Zealand and Australia. And for me, that’s enough, because finally, I can see my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew who got stuck in New Zealand.

Summer is finally closing here and I have moved out of my parents' home into my own apartment, now that I feel it’s safe to do so. I’ve been living with my parents for about a year because of COVID-19. I was on my way to a job in New York when I got stuck in Sydney, and I moved in with them.

This last year has been a lesson and reminder in valuing life, valuing community, and a reminder that our survival is not an individual concern — it is a collective experience.

We are on the other side of this, but not without a lot of pain and discomfort in getting here. I hope the world can join us soon on the other side of this nightmare.

I sit here writing this on my phone. Sitting at a cafe. With people all around me.

Life has come back into the city. It feels normal. But the masks, contact tracing check-ins, and hand sanitizers everywhere are a constant reminder that collective survival comes with individual responsibility. If any one of us slips, we all become at risk.

Alexandre Siquier, Hotel Guest Service Manager


I can not believe it has been a year now, and the situation is very similar to a year ago.

We are entering the third wave and vaccination has been fairly slow so far in Canada. I hope that it will soon get better in that regard.

Borders are still closed and we still have many restrictions. For instance, restaurants being closed; it is mandatory to wear a mask; and there is a curfew from 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m.!

We are the only province in Canada, and I believe the only place in North America, with a curfew! Anyway, it doesn’t change that much for me personally, but I hope it will not last for the summer.

I still work at the same hotel, and it is still very slow of course due to all the travel restrictions. I’m definitely looking for another job opportunity, as I’ve been working 2,5 years at this hotel, but not much is going on in the hospitality industry, so I need to be patient!

Through it all, I have been lucky to be able to work throughout the pandemic, so my daily routine hasn’t really been affected. But it is challenging at times to be working in a nearly empty hotel some days and we have had to adapt.

I’m looking forward to the vaccination to speed up and borders to reopen, so I can travel and visit my family in France without any quarantine restrictions!!!

Rebecca Svensson, Freelance journalist


We haven’t put up curtains yet. The sunlight is shining brightly through the bedroom window and wakes me up.

It‘s Saturday at 7.20. My boyfriend and our 2-year-old daughter get up to make breakfast while I am allowed to snooze in bed.

Yesterday we went to the amusement park “Bakken” in Copenhagen. We have mainly kept to ourselves this past year and only seen a few people and mostly outside. Yesterday’s trip felt very liberating and at the same time sort of forbidden.

Places like “Bakken” have just recently been allowed to reopen. We arrived with mandatory negative corona tests, wore our masks, kept our distance, and pretty much showered in hand sanitizer all day.

Still, it was in the back of my mind that this might be the wrong place to be. A potential site of infection. 

I think the pandemic has crept in my mind and placed an annoying fear that pops up anywhere with many people gathered. But we had a lot of fun and I’m happy we went.

After breakfast, we go for a walk in the neighborhood. We moved from Jutland to Copenhagen in November 2020. We don’t really know our neighbors or the neighborhood vibe yet because everything has been closed for so long and people keep to themselves. We find a small ice cream parlor around the corner. A perfect lunch!

I really miss my social life. My theatre work has been shut down for four months. I have done some online teaching in storytelling techniques. But seeing all my friends, family and colleagues again is what I'm most looking forward to. I miss all of it. Having people over for dinner, going to the movies, big parties, hugs, handshakes, and high-fives without hand sanitizer.

I try to keep track of the vaccination programs. It is very worrying that some countries are left far behind. I have family in Africa and it’s a long prospect for them to get vaccinated. It seems as if each government is only watching out for their own citizens and the world is clearly divided into A and B teams. It is in the interest of the whole world to stop the pandemic. For once we should set aside selfishness and financial interests. No one should be left behind.  

In the evening we call my mother on Messenger as we have done every day during this corona-year. She is considered to be in the “increased risk” group so we haven’t seen each other as much as we would normally do. Our daughter now calls her "Tiny Little Grandma" because she is on the phone screen and can fit in our daughter’s pocket.

I’m looking so much forward to seeing each other “live” again.  

Camilo Tellez, UN Staff


Over the past year, I haven’t left Egypt, partly in the fear of getting stuck in another country. This has allowed me to travel within the country that is hosting me. I’m Colombian/Swedish, and I lived in Copenhagen, Denmark before moving to Cairo in 2019.

This Saturday, I went to Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai with a few friends. It is about a six-hour drive from Cairo.

The first thing you notice after leaving the city and passing through the multiple checkpoints is how the air quality improves and the noisy traffic is gone.

We are a group of four friends that have stayed and worked in Cairo during the pandemic. We have spent most of our year in a constant dynamic of working from home and once in a while in our offices.

In the morning, as we left our accommodation for the monastery on a trip arranged by a local Bedouin guide, we were expecting to see quite a few tourists, as it was after Easter. To our surprise, we encountered almost no tourists at all.

By the time we reached the summit of Mount Sinai, we were all alone. 

Just one coffee stand remained open near the summit. Most places have closed down due to the lack of visitors since the pandemic hit the country.

For us, it was marvelous to have this place to ourselves for a few hours, but I don’t think that the local community who is heavily dependent on tourism, feels the same way.

Tomorrow, we will be back in Cairo, to a routine marked by spending most of our time at home. Ramadan is about to start in a couple of weeks, but it remains unclear how much of it we will be able to experience this year.

Photos: Camilo Tellez

Stefanie Sirén-Heikel, PhD Student


It feels so very different, and at the same time so much alike. I don’t remember what we did last year this very day. All of spring 2020 feels like a fog of panic and bewilderment and emotions. A year later it’s more like a slow burn.

The one difference is that a year ago (almost) everyone shared that same feeling. Now it’s clear that some have had it easier (or haven’t had a choice) to give up their privileges, whereas others feel that restrictions are an infringement on individual rights.

That’s what I fear the most going forward: How will we tackle the divide between those that have submitted to giving up so much of normalcy, and those that feel it’s all been an overreaction.

But life has taken on its own pace. The kids grow, play outdoors, and see relatives through video calls.

We meet friends for outdoor walks and talks. It’s like living abroad in a slightly restricted society.

We can still move around freely. Finland hasn’t really been hit that hard by the crisis and I feel we haven’t entirely grasped the global magnitude.

Having friends overseas has given me a sobering perspective. Most people here don’t know anyone that has been infected, making the virus an almost imaginary threat.

But it has taken its toll, mostly amongst those that didn’t do great before as well. 

There are more homeless people in the streets, kids losing themselves and resorting to unimaginable violence on each other.

Avoid the news, watch the news, talk about the situation, ignore the situation, plan the week, live day by day. This is what we do today, like almost every day.

In between, we try to do nice things, listen to the birds, watch the snow melting, call a friend. And bake bread with the sourdough starter that has weathered this strange year.

But it is increasingly difficult to find those small nuggets of joy.

I’m hoping summer will bring about a much-awaited change.

Guillaume Capelle, Co-founder of SINGA


7:00 a.m. One year later, the time of the alarm clock has not changed but the place has: We are in Paris.

Last year in April we stayed at my parents' house in Normandy during the quarantine.

The weather is going to be nice today and tomorrow before a week of rain, or even snow, so we have to take advantage of it. I wonder how we can go from 24 degrees to 0 in 7 days...

This third confinement that started yesterday, is nothing like the first one. I feel better. 

I have embraced my vulnerability and I am using it to focus on what is important: the people I love and my personal and professional goals.

Today, I am taking my son to the Parc de Sceaux, a beautiful garden in the Paris area. It's within the 10-kilometer limit. And he is going to ride his bike without the little wheels, so it's an important day.

We meet a lot of people. People are masked and they take their distance but they enjoy the sun. We come back with a surprise snack for my wife, and then we watch Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times together.

It obviously draws parallels with our time which has made work "essential" while culture is indefinitely closed.

In the evening, we prepare a "program" for the next week of homeschooling.

From experience, I know these will be intense weeks. But I can count on my team, and I have a very clear vision for the coming months: to launch the allomondo app, the social network of all cultures, and to create the SINGA Investment Fund to invest in refugees and immigrants entrepreneurship.

Photo: Guillaume Capelle

Christoph Karkoszka, Product Manager Mercedes-Benz


Woke up around 8 a.m. and my girlfriend and I went for a nice Saturday morning walk to our favorite bakery. Luckily we pre-ordered so we were able to skip the 30 minutes waiting line. 

We put together our weekly dinner plan and go grocery shopping. Since we started working from home a year ago we decided to only eat a late breakfast and then dinner. It seems absurd to have three meals while sitting at home all day. I've only been to the office three times in the past twelve months, which is truly crazy!

Later in the day, two guys come over to pick up an old desk that we’ve sold through "Craig's list". We finally improved our home office with a proper chair and a height-adjustable desk. 

Only took us a year to finally do that… Most of my colleagues have some sort of issue now with their spine and I had a stiff neck a couple of weeks ago that put me into sick leave for a week. Hope this won't happen again.

Some online shopping. We finally ordered gravel bikes this week and I need a helmet and some more stuff. We've been thinking about getting nice bikes for a while but I always thought it was crazy to throw that much money into a single item. Luckily the last months allowed us to save up.

Today was overall a very easy day. I guess the new normal has arrived and even though corona is still clearly around it doesn't feel like the uncontrollable burden anymore.

Vaccinations are on the move and everybody has adjusted to wearing  masks when shopping. Things could be worse, I guess. Both my girlfriend and I have been lucky enough to not only keep our jobs but also get raises this past year.

Also, I only have one friend who has gotten corona so far. And nobody in my inner circle lost their jobs or has financial issues. I'm also in the lucky situation that I don't have to go to the office and therefore not step into public transportation. It makes things much easier but also very hard in a different way.

Home is now office, vacation destination, restaurant, bar, and everything else. I'm very excited to finally have some adventures and create some memories outside of these four walls.

Björt Sigfinnsdóttir, Director of LungA, art festival and school


I got to sleep in as me and my hubby went to the last dinner with our students and staff of the LungA School the night before. My parents-in-law were visiting from Denmark and were more than happy to take the morning shift with the kids.

Most of the students are leaving today as school is over and it's time to head home. We meet up in the theater at noon for our final goodbyes. A little ritual where we look each other in the eyes for a minute each, no words only eye contact and a few tears.  

I didn't expect to cry, but the emotional release was very needed, even though it took me by surprise.

It's been an emotional year. Not so much because of COVID-19 as it still hasn’t reached my town and therefore the impact has been minimal. At least compared to the rest of the world.

I miss my Danish friends and family so much it hurts and all festivals have been canceled, but the freedom with nature so close and no infections for miles on end is a rare luxury these days. 

On the other hand, it has been a year of no sleep and life-threatening mudslides.

My youngest has a hard time sleeping and we don’t know why, so neither am I. And the mudslides I can’t go into details with, but it was terrifying.

The year has brought me big emotions, anxiety and new depths of self-love, despite the lack of time and energy to practice so much self-care.

Francesco Pettinella, chef and manager


Today, Saturday 3 April, I’m still under quarantine due to COVID-19, just like one year ago.

The situation here in Italy is still really tough: In one year we have had 3,63 million corona cases, and unfortunately 110.000 deaths.

During the last year, Italy has been divided into colors, so each region has a color based on the numbers of positive cases and so each color has more or fewer restrictions.

Abruzzo, where I live, is one of the regions with the most positive cases in Italy, so except from June till September, we have been under lockdown.

As a chef and manager of a food & cocktail bar, I decided with my team to stay closed and only open for take-away because of the conditions of safety and subsistence.

Eight months of lockdown at home means doing the same routine every single day and it could be a killer!

I try to use this “limited time” and take it to upgrade my knowledge in the culinary field; research and look for new local suppliers to work with once I will reopen; hiking in the countryside of my city; and foraging vegetables and wild herbs to cook and work with.

Lately, I’ve also been cooking on tv shows, and I still keep my body in shape being trained by a personal trainer and last but not least I go to my parents' house where my mum still feeds me delicious traditional food!

It has definitely been a tough year being at home, unable to work due to the restrictions, and getting delayed salary from the government, but I still keep strong and positive and hope for a forthcoming big reopening.

And yes, personally I think that once we reopen people cannot wait to go back to enjoy a normal life again. 

Amanda Graupner, Global Learning and 

Development Partner, Greenpeace


Strange times, these days I get up earlier on the weekend than on a workday!

Today was spent house hunting with the urban family.

We saw two places then had a socially-distanced lunch in the main shopping area of Machida - a large residential area in Kanagawa prefecture, to the south of Tokyo-proper.

In the evening my current roommate and I watched some old TV series’s episodes, and chatted about the houses we’ve seen so far.

Around 6 months ago - after realizing that working from home was more than just a temporary measure - we decided to start looking for somewhere we could all live together.

It’s challenging trying to find an appropriate place for five adults, within our budget, and likely to work for us in the longer term. 

The experience of being at home for such a long stretch of time has deeply affected me, and my relationships. I’m more attached to how things are organized in the house, especially the kitchen.

And we’ve developed new habits and traditions within the restrictions that the last year required. We’ve also had lots of new conflicts, and learned to communicate in new ways to try to adapt.

We hear that a vaccination schedule is expected to start maybe in a couple more months. After two long periods with “state of emergency” declarations in the Tokyo area I had hoped that the government might move more quickly than this, but it seem not even a global pandemic is sufficient to speed up the operations of Japanese bureaucracy!

Gintarė Skorupskaitė, Data analytics project lead, ESO


It's a lazy Saturday morning. My boyfriend Paulius and I decided to sleep in, so by the time we get up, it is already past 10. Some days ago I tried to make homemade granola, which we have for breakfast while we plan what to do for the day.

Paulius recently bought an apartment so he wants to go to IKEA to look at furniture, and I want to go to a clothing store that has finally opened after being closed for nearly five months. I really need a new pair of sneakers and a spring jacket.

It's funny how your needs can change - I looked over my closet full of "office" clothing and realized that for the past six months I’ve barely worn anything apart from jeans, sweatpants, and a whole lot of sweaters. High heels look so overrated at this point.

Still, only shops with a direct exit to the outside are allowed to be open, so all the bigger supermarkets are still closed. Some found innovative ways how to go around this and use their fire escape exits as the new entrance. But most stay closed. Maybe they will open after Easter, but the numbers have started to go up again since more schools and stores were allowed to open, so I doubt it.

I think we reached 800 positives again today.

Before we leave for IKEA, I open my computer to check if I am eligible to get a vaccine this weekend.

They started a campaign to vaccinate more younger people with AstraZeneca as quite a few older people demand a different kind. Nope, not eligible… oh well.

After shopping, we go to Paulius's apartment and assemble his office table. I love IKEA's furniture, it's so entertaining to feel that you "built" something with your own hands.

It takes up the biggest part of the day, and we head back to my place when it starts to get dark.

We stop by a nearby place to get some take-out dinner and end the day with some movies.

Tomorrow's Easter, and I’m going to my parents. It’s a relief knowing that we can finally meet properly without much fear as my mom, aunt, and grandma have all been vaccinated already.

They say that they will start vaccinating large company workers soon, so maybe I will get my first shot sometime soon. Hope so, I really miss traveling…

Nayeli Zepeda, Psychologist


I wake up at 6 a.m. with the sound of the wind and the waves of the sea at a hotel in Mahahual. This reminds me how fortunate I am. When I look back at this year with the pandemic, it has been so intense. Still, I have so much to be grateful for.

I go for a walk on the beach with a friend. The weather is cold, and sadly we find heaps of garbage. I find a shoe, a comb, bottles of all sizes, and plastic of different forms. We talk about the pollution of the ocean while we walk, and about the thousands of face masks that will arrive in the same place. It makes me sad and concerned.

We return to the hotel, and later in the day, the beach in front of the hotel is cleaned. We swim and I enjoy this little paradise and feel fortunate and grateful. 

But just as I feel calm, I’m surprised that a year has passed since the pandemic and life with distancing began. Life without hugging when greeting, the fear of contamination...

I BREATHE, and take the opportunity to breathe freely.

In the afternoon we go to the main town in the area. There is a lot of people so I get scared; the owner of the hotel warned us, that apparently capacity wasn’t kept at 60%, although that is one of the restrictions.

I find it ridiculous to walk with a face mask at this temperature, and it leaves me out of breath, but even so, I prefer not to take it off.

The restrictions in Mexico vary from state to state. 

In Puebla, where I live, shops are closed every Monday; there is no sale of alcohol on weekends; coffee shops and restaurants close at 9:00 p.m.; and public transport is only in service from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In Puebla we are still at risk of infection, but other states are “green” now.

We return to the hotel. I am tired and satisfied, and I feel relaxed and joyful. Although times are still uncertain, I prefer to tie myself to this moment in which at least for now everything is fine.

The pandemic continuous and it seems that it is not going to end. Now people at risk have been vaccinated, as well as the medic staff and the senior citizens. But it does not seem to be the definitive solution. Nevertheless, it gives hope.

Cyril Renaud, Regional Supply Chain Coordinator, Mars



Saturday 3 April. The year after. A lot of changes have happened in the past year. Most obviously with work. It’s been one year of working from home. One hour commute less. Having only Teams meetings seems to drive more impersonality, especially when people don’t turn their cameras on. I surely miss face-to-face interaction and having coffee talks with my colleagues.

Another challenge I feel is the blurred lines between work and private life, no more time to clear your mind on the way home. I try to partly compensate when I get my daughter Olivia from kindergarten.

I haven’t seen my parents or sister in person for half a year - not since my sister’s wedding, and there’s only so much a Skype call can do. 

I haven’t seen most of my friends for over a year and just got a hard stop to my social life.

No more sport, volleyball, or hanging out, besides the short summer relief where I went to France, and also met up with friends outdoor.

But in compensation, I get to spend more time with Olivia, see her grow and now she started talking.

I also try not to be too much of a fatalist about the forced new way of life and find new distractions and ways to entertain in place of seeing friends, going to concerts, visiting museums, etc. The big win is for online pub quiz, NPR tiny desk concerts (on YouTube), and cooking

challenges with my colleagues (one ingredient to cook with every week, and some sessions cooking together).

I have also started daily practicing mindfulness  and replaced volleyball by biking (+5000 km, which also means less driving).

And finally, I try to consume less but better, going to the markets, favoring short circuits, avoiding getting everything at the supermarket. And we try to get take away from nearby restaurants to also support them (everything closed for the last months).

So no spectacular changes but a lot of small ones. And trying to accept them and even embrace them to not go mad.

Marie Melgård, journalist


3 April is Easter Eve and in the middle of the Norwegian Easter holiday. Like every other Norwegian, my family and I enjoy the holidays at our cabin in the Norwegian mountains, in a place called Sjusjøen.

Last year, because of the lockdown, we could not go. This year the government accepted that people spent time at their cabins, but there were strict rules. I even took a volunteer corona test before going, just to be safe.

Due to my two kids, the day starts early. We have a giant Easter breakfast with eggs, pancakes, and bacon. 

It is a lovely day: Plenty of sunshine and the cross country skiing trails is newly prepped.

My father, my sister, and I go outside to go cross country skiing, while my partner takes care of the kids.

I have two hours of “freedom” - skiing alone, no kids, just sun and a podcast.

Returning home, my partner and I make an egg hunt for our children, an Easter tradition. My youngest do not understand much, he is only eight months old, but my two-year-old daughter is ecstatic for finding candy in an easter egg.

For lunch, our whole family gathers on the terrasse, enjoying sun, beer, and hotdogs while the easter lamb is in the oven. 

We put our children to bed, and you won't believe how quiet it is when they sleep. All the adults enjoys a real Easter feast accompanied by good wine and dessert. We end the night in front of the TV watching a crime show, which is also part of the Norwegian easter tradition.

This day could not have been more perfect and in line with normal traditions. For a short time, the whole corona pandemic is completely forgotten.

Olaia Gil, actress


8.30. Eyes open. A year has gone by. I have another job, I live in a new flat, but the pandemic situation remains.

Today, I'm meeting friends for lunch in a ciderie - a traditional Basque restaurant. Gathering with friends to share a meal would be something ordinary in the pre-corona times, but now it feels like a big "event".

12.30. I meet my friends in a tiny town called Astigarraga. It's just 5 kilometers from Donostia/San Sebastian, where I live, but I feel lucky to be allowed to go there.

The current situation has restricted our moveability to an extreme and depending on the number of infected, we're not allowed to leave our city for weeks.

I greet my three friends, masks on, of course! It's not a coincidence that it's the four of us, since just four people are allowed to sit together in a venue.

14.30. Lunchtime! Expectedly, the main topic is the pandemic. It's paradoxical because, on one hand, we would all love to avoid the talk, to have a rest from all of this craziness, and just talk about ourselves; our joys, and concerns. But at the same time, this disease soaks all the aspects of our lives.

17.00. Our meeting continues on a terrace in Donostia. It's cold and windy, but it's safer to be outside, so there we are. Talking about how this all reverberates a dystopic. I even try to wear the mask in between sips, since last week I was called on by a policeman to do it.

20.00. Time to go home. The bar and restaurants are forced to close.

This means that it's been months since we have had dinner together since our dining time is after 21.00. And of course, it means that bars and restaurants are only making half of what they used to earn since they are only open for lunch.

22.00. Curfew. How can a term related to war times have become part of our daily lives?

The alarm states that we cannot leave our places after this time.

Injections, pandemic fatigue, economical decline, freedom thirst are the topics we handle, now. And all above, HOPE. Hope to be going back to a shinny safer situation.

Johan Hammerby, Newspaper editor


Happy Easter! Well, it’s Easter at least, but happy? Yeah, a bit.

One year ago, my girlfriend and I were sad that we weren’t going to see any family members over the holiday, because of the new pandemic. This year we knew a long time ago that we were to celebrate on our own.

We go for a walk by the beach. Spring weather hasn’t come around yet and it’s still pretty cold. So we had to find shelter from the wind, drink our coffee and then head for the car.

Over the past year, Sweden has been under different stages of restrictions. We haven’t had a hard lockdown, like many other countries, and we have been able to go to stores and restaurants. But the restaurants need to shut down at 8 p.m. every night, and you are only allowed to be four persons in each company.

In stores, they have guidelines for how many customers are allowed in at the same time. Concerts have been canceled or postponed since you are only allowed to be 8 persons at a public event. 

Just today I received an email telling me that a concert with glam rock band The Ark had been postponed again. First scheduled for July 2020, it became July 2021, and now July 2022.

Sporting events have continued, with no spectators. Next weekend, football season starts again. Go Halmstad!

Guidelines, not rules or laws, have been the keyword in Sweden’s fight against corona.

You don’t have to wear a mask in public, but it would be nice if you did. You weren’t forbidden to go to the ski resorts over Christmas, but please keep a distance if you do.

There has been critique against this stand, and Sweden has had many more deaths than other Nordic countries. So far, over 13.000 have people died. But the numbers have gone down since vaccination started. The oldest part of the population are vaccinated now, but for the general public, it’s going slow. First, they said every adult Swede should be able to get vaccinated before July, now they changed it to mid-August.

Being alone with my girlfriend over Easter isn’t too bad. We enjoy nice food with eggs, salmon, herring, meatballs, and sausage. And candy, so much candy.

I miss spending time with my parents, friends, and relatives, but hopefully, summer will be a little more normal than the past year.

And we can eat salmon, herring, and meatballs together again at Midsummer.

Amanda Kay, Director of Nursing at a Women’s Prison


So many things have changed since this time last year, yet so many things are still the same. 

Our total COVID-19 cases in Arkansas are now up to 332.000 cases and 5.661 deaths. Our daily numbers have gone down significantly over the past few months, and I’m very thankful for that.

Our governor recently announced that they have lifted the mask mandate for Arkansas, but I’ve noticed that most people still seem to be wearing them. I'm thankful for that as well.

On a personal level, I finally had the surgery I needed for my stomach in October and since then I’ve felt well enough to go back to work. Since January I have been the Director of Nursing at a Women’s Prison in a nearby town.

Because we have a nurse out sick I have to work nights this weekend so I try to sleep in as late as I can. Around 10 a.m. I finally get up. The prison I work at is having a big audit next week so I need to buy some dress clothes to wear, so I go shopping with my family.

A year ago a tornado destroyed the mall in my town and now a year later it has still not been rebuilt, but some of the stores were able to reopen, so we go to JC Penny, where I'm able to find some clothes.

Around 5:45 p.m. I get ready to leave for work. It’s about a 45-minute drive to get to my job.

Tonight I will be passing medications to the psychiatric area, segregation area, and to the intake unit which houses inmates who just arrived at our facility.

When an inmate first comes to our facility they are put in an intake barracks where they stay quarantined for 2 weeks.

They are tested for COVID-19 at the county jail before being sent to our prison and then we retest them after a week to make sure that they are still negative before allowing them to be moved to a bigger housing unit.

I pass out medicine twice in one night. At 9 p.m. and again around 2 a.m..

My relief comes in at 5:30 am and I am able to head home to get some sleep. Tonight I will be working another shift.

I am so thankful to be feeling well enough to be back at work. 



When the world shut down in 2020, photojournalist Katrine Noer, mailed disposable cameras to people all over the world who wanted to document their life during their lockdown.

The participants took one picture a day and added a note to the picture. When the film was used up, the camera was returned, and the photos were developed and selected for the project.

Lockdown Diaries remind us of a time when our plans were put on hold. A lovers' quarrel. Birthdays without company. Two boys longing to play together. The rays of sun shining through the curtains of a bedroom.

The project includes countries like Greenland, Spain, Vietnam, Holland, Denmark, Israel, Australia, India - and many more.

Photo: Bünyamin Aydin, Istanbul, Turkey

Follow @lockdown___diaries on Instagram for the full project



A number of photographers contribute to each issue of 1Million Magazine. Without them, there would be no magazine. But who are they, what are they passionate about, and why did they become photographers?

In this issue, you will get to know Alexander W. Fazio a little bit better.

Photo: chris1million

What type of images do you primarily shoot?

I am mostly into environmental portraying, whether it involves nature, people, or places. I’m not much of a studio photographer. I want context to what I am photographing. That is why I am very fond of reportage, street photography, and nature.

What do you like best about being a photographer?

Definitely the contact with other people. I am passionate about telling stories and for portraits. That’s the driving force. To get experiences while being in a creative process is for me the dream and why I do it. It is both fun, challenging, and exciting.

What fascinates you the most about photography?

How the medium can be used; that no two photographs are alike; and that a given task can be done in all sorts of ways. It’s also fascinating to me, how an image always shows the photographer, even if he or she is not physically present in the image: Every choice reflects the photographer behind it. In addition, it fascinates me time and time again how strong emotions can be conveyed through a still image.

Alexander W. Fazio's biggest photography idol is Brazilian photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado. Photo: chris1million

What is your background?

I freelance and additionally, I’ve assisted or worked with a number of photographers, where I have had the chance to learn and to absorb. I’ve taken the basic course in photography at NEXT, and I dream of studying either photographic communication or photojournalism at DMJX.

How did you first get interested in photography?

My grandfather is an animal and nature photographer, so photography has been lurking all my life. I’ve taken pictures since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until 4-5 years ago, that I dropped out of my studies at the University of Copenhagen to pursue a career as a photographer. I was in the middle of a depression, and I saw the movie “The Salt of the Earth” about photographer Sebastiao Salgado when I made the decision.

Who is your photographic idol?

There is no doubt that my biggest idol is Sebastiao Salgado. His works stand out, and to me, he is the ultimate photographer. In Denmark, Jan Grarup in particular has made a huge impression, and internationally, big names such as W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Capa have also made an inevitable impression.

Could you recommend a photographer or profile to follow on Instagram?

I would recommend Suzanne Stein. She takes very strong pictures of street life in New York

Photo: chris1million

Alexander W. Fazio

Photos by Alexander W. Fazio:



For the first time ever 1Million Magazine is published as a print magazine.

The launch event will take place on 27 May in Copenhagen. 

1Million Magazine was created as a digital magazine by chris1million during the first corona lockdown in Spring 2020. 

The print magazine is a documentation of the year we have been through. A year with corona visualized by 30 photographers. The preface is written by Rane Willerslev, director of the National Museum of Denmark.

The print magazine is financed with support by GRAKOM and DJFotografernes Ophavsretsfond.