Artist: Li Mingshen – A fascinating look into the lives of China’s homebodies

On 17/02/2014 by Site Default

Photographer Li Mingshen from Shanghai Normal University put together this surprisingly captivating series of photos showing people…staying home.

“I often think, ‘what do [people] do while they are staying at home alone, what’s their mental state?’ So I picked up a camera to explore the lives of post-90s homebodies, hoping to get some answers.” Li said.


Yi loves to go out shopping and experimenting with makeup. She is also a huge fan of Japanese style dress-up.


Jie is a boy who likes to exercise and play video games. He has been trying to lose weight, but is often distracted for various (and obvious) reasons.


Zhou is a typical female otaku (宅女). She loves to eat snacks, often looks stupefied, she thinks nothing means everything and regularly finds herself lost in daydreams.


Ai likes to play video games but his parents are very strict about it. That’s why he does it when nobody else is home.


Qian’s parents are teachers, and she’s been pushed into learning music and playing piano since she was very little. She often feels irritable.


BRIDY, whose dream is to study abroad, has been studying English at home for a long time. The high school student took the SAT examinations and has been accepted to an American university.


Qian is energetic but often feels lonely, so he releases his energy in a “special” way.


Hong’s parents are extremely strict and never let her out of her room, so she often talks to her dolls.


Hei is addicted to drinking and smoking cigarettes. He doesn’t want his habits to affect his family, so he often hides in the bathroom of his home to suck down his vices.


Jie has enjoyed reading comic books like Three Kingdoms since he was a kid. He’s read many classic novels but the comics remain his go-to reading material.

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