Chinese Families Pose With All Their Earthly Possessions
These photos remind me of the series we featured showing North Korea from a western perspective. In another sense all together, it’s the complete opposite and contrasts greatly. It starts off by showing very basic well composed images, then it begins to make you realize how much people can actually get by with.
This series comes from Chinese photographer Huang Qingjun in a series titled Jiadang. This translates directly to Family Stuff. The series took a decade to complete and almost all of the families he approached were happy to take part. The reason for that came directly from the response of the families.
“[T]hey [realized] what I was trying to do, they understood the point…They’re not like people from the city, who have so much stuff that if you asked them to do it they’d reply it was too much effort.”
If you’ve ever moved and had to pack, you begin to realize how much ‘stuff’ we actually have compared to how much we think we have. Even the amount we think we have extends far greater than what these families have. We definitely live in a materialistic age. At the least, these images are interesting and make us ponder upon many things.
When you look at these images, what comes to mind other than the photography itself?