Grandma is adorable

11 March 2013


It has been a while since I snapped photos of my grandma. She is healthy as before, but just a little more kiddy and adorable than ever. She will diligently search for everything edible in the house, be it a candy, cookie, an orange, a bread, as well as little things that seem to be edible, such as little erasers, plastic grapes for decoration or a toy bread. 

There's a surprise for us every day.

Photographing her is one of the most satisfying things to do. She forgets about camera, although she used to dislike being photographed when she was younger.  She also doesn't know that she has to pose in front of the camera, which makes snapping her portraits extremely difficult as she won't look into the camera or stare at the camera longer than the shutter speed. 

But her pictures are the most natural. She is just being her own self. 

Oh did I tell you she is already 88 years old? And her hair isn't completely grey yet! 

The photo above was taken carefully one evening. Apparently she was in good mood. I'm so glad that she smiled. Perhaps it's a timid and shy smile but it means friendliness and cooperation. 

The photo below was taken when we went to a temple during Chinese New Year. I kept telling her I had candies on my hand so that she was willing to stare at me, or my camera for a longer time. She reached out her hand shyly, asking for candy. I released the shutter and kept this moment forever.

That was a slightly shy expression. 

This is one of my favourite photo so far. It has a story, our story. Simply natural and meaningful.


左边的十六岁,右边的外婆心智年龄六岁。九十岁的老奶奶不知道什么是照相机,更不知道拍照得看镜头。想拍她的正脸的话只好一直诱骗她我手上有糖果,好让她的视线停留在我这里。一听到有糖果,她腼腆地笑了,伸手向我要糖。这一刻就这样被记录下来。

我明白了,摄影时技巧相素相机设定固然重要,但有时跟对方的互动,当时的气氛和霎时的感动才可以拍出一张有故事,有生命的照片。

好高兴,呵呵。


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