In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite humbling to see these photos by Huang Qingjun which show Chinese families and all of their possessions in one photo. Perhaps I’m romanticizing the plight of poor Chinese, but I feel like there’s something envious about the idea of living with so few things. Qingjun’s subjects range from all over the country, in all kinds of dwellings, which helps round out the idea.
I love this photo of a family on a boat. They don’t have much but they seem just as happy as you or I. I wonder if they live on that boat? I’d assume they do. Is that all you’d need to really need to survive. It would be interesting to know more about each of the subjects, like an exhibition that gives a bit more detail. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic series that certainly had me thinking twice about the things I own.