Photographer Travels Across Rural China for 3 Years to Take Family Photos for Free

Yang Dongqing, a 25-year-old photographer from Shidian County in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province, is being praised by netizens for traveling to nearby towns to take free family photos to the locals.

Yang has been traveling the nearby towns and villages surrounding his hometown for three years to give the locals the opportunity to have their photos taken with their family without any fees or charges, according to Shanghaiist.

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He has taken more than 200 household photos, which is roughly equivalent to thousands of villagers.

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He has encountered many types of people during his adventure, from big families to small groups with only three to four members.

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However, some of them spent their whole lives without getting a chance to take a single photo with their loved ones. Yang hopes that the photos will make the families happier.

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A photographer named Ma Hongie did a similar project where he took pictures of different households while traveling throughout China for over a decade. But instead of just a normal portrait, Ma included all of the items that the family owns in the same picture.

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