Issue 02: Reunited in Beijing

This issue curated by Gueorgui

Literally a couple of months after we first met, I (Gueorgui) had to leave on a long-planned two-month trip that took me to Asia, including a month in Beijing, where I was due to work on a photography project.

After spending 3 weeks apart, which we dealt with by working on yet another project together, we couldn't take the long distance and its stresses anymore — Tingyi flew to Beijing, and we were reunited. Her presence illuminated this massive, not-overly-foreigner-friendly city for me. Not only was she a huge help for the project work, but, with her being a Mandarin speaker, together we could access corners of Beijing that I otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Our days were shared between cafes where we worked, moving around the city for meetings with project interviewees and photoshoots, exploring, and occasionally treating ourselves to a meal at Din Tai Fung (my favourite Taiwanese restaurant, though some might scoff at that idea!)

In the small moments in between all this, I was also, unbeknownst to Tingyi, plotting my proposal. But that's a story for another time!

See you next week,

xoxo

Tingyi and Gueorgui


Bonus: T’s music recommendation

This week's music recommendation is It Was Warmer Then by Helios: a track radiating warmth and a smooth, quiet contentment, which matches the relaxed enjoyment we felt during our time together in Beijing. You can't always run — sometimes, it's nice to take a leisurely stroll.

Issue 01: An Introduction

This issue curated by Tingyi

Thank you for signing up to follow The Luckiest Kids In The Whole World! (if you forgot what this is about, read our intro post here) You're among the very very first subscribers (there's about 100 of you!) and we're very happy to have you with us.

Today's mini-photoessay is an introduction of sorts: these are pictures from the early days of our relationship, from our first few trips together. We were just starting to discover each other (a still ongoing process!), to learn to take life's lemons and squeeze them into lemonade, and to nurture our relationship. In the film Her — one of Tingyi's favourites — Samatha says: "...the heart is not like a box that gets filled up; it expands in size the more you love," and this is exactly what we found out in those early days.


A little bit of housekeeping: we will be sending these emails weekly, every Sunday. Each will contain a selection of pictures curated by one of us, and possibly some extra goodies (see below for today's!). If you have any feedback or comments, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on the project's website, or reply to this email to write to us directly. We read each email and will absolutely get back to you!

If you enjoyed this episode, we'd be very happy if you forwarded this email to a friend, or shared the link to our project (http://luckiest.email) around you.

xoxo

Tingyi and Gueorgui


Bonus: G’s music recommendation

This week's music recommendation is re:member by Ólafur Arnalds. We're both fans of his, and one of our very first dates was going to see him play at the Royal Albert Hall here in London. We bought the record shortly after!

We are the luckiest kids

Welcome!

If you found yourself here, you probably know us, but if you don’t, hello! Nice to meet you. We are Tingyi and Gueorgui. We live in London, and we’re recently married. We also work together in running A Possible Space, a small multi-cultural creative studio.

The Luckiest Kids In The Whole World is our first artistic collaboration — a serialised photographic essay on building a multi-cultural marriage, with a new episode published weekly via email.

Our story

Gueorgui is from Russia but grew up in France, and Tingyi is from Taiwan; we found each other in London, a city that’s foreign to both of us. Gueorgui has a previous career as an engineer and is now exploring his creativity and artistic sensitivity as a photographer. Tingyi’s background is in fine art and visual communication, and she’s now pursuing a career in art psychotherapy. Our ways of thinking are also very different: while Tingyi is an expert on feeling and emotional intelligence, Gueorgui’s default approach tends to be a rational, pragmatic one.

Just like any couple, we sometimes struggle to find common ground, and our differences compound this struggle, and, truth be told, sometimes we felt like we were not going to make it. However, the closer we grew, the more we found that these differences are a source of growth for of us, a chance to learn something about each other and about ourselves. It’s journey on which this growing process takes us that we would like to share through this project.

What to expect

In each weekly issue of The Luckiest Kids In The Whole World, you will find a miniature photo-essay curated by one of us, together with a writeup, and various small tidbits to make your day a little bit brighter.

Thank you for joining us!

Tingyi & Gueorgui

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