Seeing as we are in the thick of the holiday season, where we as North Americans are accustom to buying in excess, it is interesting to reflect on these photographs of people who do with much less. These images were taken by Huang Qingjun and he has spent ten years traveling throughout rural China, convincing people to pose with all of their household possessions.
For the most part, the photographs reveal humble and utilitarian belongings and a general absence of consumer and luxury goods. There are also surprisingly anachronistic items – like satellite dishes, telephones and DVD players – in the midst of household basics that offer a subtle indication of the rising tides of modernization reaching farther beyond China’s urban centers.
Thanks to Huckberry for sharing these flicks.