Dear Lunchboxes

Motion Graphics / Documentary Photography

Food is love. I have been documenting my daughter’s lunchboxes and leftovers for two and a half years. I treat them as a special conversation between us. The conversation is not only about simply giving and receiving, but also showing the strength of repetition in a mother’s domestic work.

This experimental animation will focus on repetition and the flow of time, on giving and receiving for the past two years.

I find it’s interesting to see the contrast between the amounts of food I prepared for my children and how much they ate. They are American-born Chinese. As they grow up, they are showing more interest in Western food. One day, they may ask me to stop putting fried rice in their lunchboxes. Instead of rice, stir-fried vegetables and meat, they may want to have a hotdog, a sandwich or pizza in their lunchboxes.