Everyday beauty captured in photos

(Shanghai Star) | Jan 13, 2015


Everyday beauty captured in photos [Photo/Shanghai Star]

"Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eyes, but our eyes fail to perceive her," said French artist Augeuste Rodin. This famous quote is a truth for Shen Rongrong, a freelance and amateur photographer in Shanghai, who is keen to capture beauty in everyday life.

A fallen leaf, a half dried lemon, a piece of rusted iron sheet and many other daily things that are ignored by most people, take on a special charm when viewed through Shen's camera lens. Under Shen's gaze, these ordinary items become beautiful, reative works.

She captures her images with an iPhone and says it involves minimal technique.

"I think the capability of perceiving and appreciating beauty is much more important. The instant you feel the beauty is invaluable, even though you can not paint her or photograph her," she says. Behind her works there are beautiful stories and memories.

Once a bunch of grapes were not consumed while they were fresh. After some time, the stem withered and looked like a tree. In Chinese legend, there is a giant immortal osmanthus tree in the palace on the moon, where the Moon Goddess lives. Shen put the grape stem on a porcelain plate and created a "moon". From then on, she kept beautiful-shaped dry grape stems and found suitable vessels for them.

Shen collected scraps of flowers and leaves from a friend who made flower arrangements and put them in bottles and jars. As long as the color, line and shape are pleasing to eye, Shen considers the picture successful. She gets much pleasure from salvaging these "useless" things, and loves the challenge of matching them with suitable containers.

Shen has loved collecting vessels of various shapes since she was a child. She collected them from craftsman's stores in Kyoto, Japan and Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, a place that is famous for its porcelain. She collected them from flea markets and street side stalls. They are not necessarily expensive or exquisite, but she loves the texture and shape.


Everyday beauty captured in photos [Photo/Shanghai Star]

Gourds are auspicious in Chinese culture as the Chinese pronunciation sounds like good fortune. Shen chose gourds in various shapes and placed them before a straw-braid tea mat. It looks as if a brood of chicks has gathered before a fence.

To see more her works at

Instagram: shenxiaobao

Weibo: @沈棉被


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