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For just a moment

Lidan Yang

For just a moment is a photo series investigating the relationship with my parents. All shot in Suzhou City, China, where I was born and brought up. The series ask questions about the giving and the appropriate return of love from the people who you feel the closest emotionally.

‘Can we ever love our parents more than they love us?’ was a question I was asked by a friend last year. This series provides a hesitant ‘No’ for that question but also remains unsure.

The images, although within the boundary of vernacular photography, were tinted with a colour palette that reads as a certain dream-like state, a feeling of distance and closeness at once.

Through this series and through the lens, I have watched my parents watch me. Their warm gaze on me, a constant, careful caress.