18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Mother and her baby

I took this photo in a Beijing hutong.. She was coming back from a wet market with all the produces' plastic bags hanging down from the handles of her baby's pram. She was dressed in layers which looked more like thick pjs. She was a very young mother. Her baby started crying, she gave her a mandarin but the baby did not have any interest in it. Then she handed a 5rmb paper bill into her hands, to my suprise the baby stopped crying. I told her that she should not give her money as it is full of germs...She laughed in sort of a shy way and added 'my baby loves money!' By that time, we arrived in front of her house entrance... Well, it was just a room with a bed and a tiny annex with very rundown kitchen counter. Despite the very poor living conditions, she was a very happy person, smiling all the time.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Beijing, China
Camera: NIKON D610
Copyright: © Pelin Guven