A Chinese father documents his life with his son every year of his life for three decades


April 16, 2021

From the outside, China seems to be a country whose government has complete control over everything, making decisions from the executive at the expense of its own people. Because of all the stories and the news we receive in across the world about political unrest and other problems, it is easy to forget that people still live an average life, day by day. In this touching series of photos, you will see how a man and his son did just that in the midst of events in China and around the world.

It all started in 1986

Tian Jun was 27 years old when his son Tian Li was born in Guizhou province. Guizhou is located in a mountainous region of southwest China. It’s home to amazing natural sites, including the Huangguoshu waterfall of nearly 50 meters and the underground waterway system of the Dragon Palace cave.

The year Li was born, a major political event was underway. The 1987 student demonstrations took place across the country on campuses. The movement has been influenced by intellectuals such as Wang Ruowang and Fang Lizhi, who have criticized the lack of government reforms. The demonstrations lasted about a month before fizzling out.