I’ve been taking photos of my partner, Chen Zhiyu’s portraits since 2013. We met and fell in love in 2012 while learning French together in China before finally going to France to study. We’ve been living in Paris together ever since. Her fragility and emotional sensitivity fascinated me. I try to tenderly capture her subtle expressions and the changes in her body through illness, trauma, happiness, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, and aging.
I am inspired by the art of Balthus, Derains, Paula Becker, etc. Zhiyu chose the photos together with me. This project is still in progress.