Photographer Huang Qingjun has spent the past ten years travelling to remote parts of China persuading people to have their photographs taken along with all their household possession. The result offer glimpses into the utilitarian lives of millions of ordinary Chinese that appear not to have been swept up by the same modernisation that has seen hundreds of millions of others leave for the cities.
“I wanted to shoot the families outside of their homes with the items they lived with, so people could see the fast development and changing lifestyles Chinese families were experiencing both inside and outside of their homes”, says Mr. Huang, a tall 40-year-old from Heilongjiang Province on the border with Russia.
Mr Huang’s ongoing project entitled Jiadang (Belongings) has taken him to 14 of China's 33 provinces, giving him an unusually broad perspective of how the country is changing. He is optimistic about the process, and where it will lead.