Grandma's smiles speak a thousand words for granddaughter
A lively and stylish photo series of an 80-year-old woman shot by her granddaughter has received rave reviews from Chinese netizens.
The woman in the photos, Gu Jinhua, wrapped in a turban or wearing a straw hat, always smiles at the camera. Ordinary but relatable, one netizen wrote, "These photos made me tearful ... missing my grandma."
"I'd like to record every simple but unique moment of my grandma – benign, endearing or working," said the photographer, Shen Mengchen, 31, from Suzhou in eastern China's Jiangsu Province.
Shen is an art teacher and photography is her hobby. She was brought up by her grandma while her parents were busy earning a living. She has spent less time with her as an adult, so she decided to take photos of her as a warm, intimate experience.
She shot family photos of her grandma and her son in April, which were later widely circulated on the Internet. Shen taught her grandma photogenic poses popular among young people, and she was both cooperative and expressive.
Doing laundry, making zongzi, a traditional food for the Dragon Boat Festival, and celebrating a birthday – every moment of her grandma's life in Luzhi Town is worth recording for Shen. She plans to take photos of her against floral backdrops across Suzhou as grandma is fond of flowers and plants.