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This Father And Son Pair Posed For The Same Photos For 30 Years

The son, Tian Li, was born in 1986 in Guizhou Province, China. His father, Tian Jun, thought the idea of taking the same photo with his son every year would be a neat. And so the tradition began and lasted for 30 years. There was one year that they couldn’t take a picture together, which was 2014 because the son was in America. The last photo was taken in 2015 and it revealed a touching ending to this 30-decade-photo-series. Tian Li, a Chinese film director, thinks this photo series is an artistic expression, ” Time itself is a form of art. This is the power of time.”

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Click “Next” to start the slideshow. Enjoy the transformation of both the father and the son, and also the interaction between the two through this amazing photo series. 

1986

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Tian Li was born in 1986. His father, Tian Jun, was 27 years old.

1987

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Tian Li grew up to be quite an adorable toddler.

1988

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Tian Li recalled that most of the photos were taken against a wall in the apartment that the family lived in for 20 years.

1989

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The picture was taken on Tian Li’s birthday, which was during summer time. They went bare chested because it was so hot.

1990

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Tian Li was posing and acting cute for the camera.

1991

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Tian Li was 5 in the photo, while his father was 32.

1992

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Tian Li was growing taller every year; while his father was growing a bit chubbier each year as well.

1993

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The father and son did not think too much about how long they would continue with the tradition.

1994

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The son, Tian Li, shared the photo series on WeChat, a Chinese social network.

1995

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This photo series had been viewed by millions of people.

1996

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Tian Li grew up to be more and more like his father.

1997

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This was the last year Tian Li was carried by his father.

1998

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Tian Li was 12 in the photo, while his father was 39.

1999

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Tian Li was 13 in the photo, while his father was 40.

2000

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Their puppy joined the picture this year.

2001

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The body language showed that they had a solid relationship.

2002

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Tian Li was 16 in the photo, while his father was 43.

2003

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Tian Li was much taller than his father in this photo.

2004

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A big year for both Tian Li and his father. Tian Li got admitted to Beijing Film Academy to major in film directing. It must be bittersweet for Tian Jun to see his son leaving home for the first time.

2005

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Even though Tian Li had left home for college, the tradition continued on. The picture was taken when Tian Li was home for summer.

2006

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Tian Li was 20 in the photo, while his father was 47.

2007

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A special year for the family. Tian Li graduated from college this year with a major in film directing.

2008

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Tian Li was 22 in the photo, while his father was 49.

2009

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Tian Li was 23 in the photo, while his father was 50.

2010

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Tian Li went to graduate school this year to further his study in directing.

2011

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Tian Li was 25 in the photo, while his father was 52.

2012

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The son, Tian Li, got married this year.

2013

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Tian Li carried his father in this picture. It truly shows how the life has come full circle with his father carrying him for year when he was little.

Click “Next” to see the surprise ending!

2015

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Three generations! Tian Li’s son, Timothy, was born in 2014 in the United States. They missed the usual photo session last year, but 2015 was just so much more memorable with the addition of Timothy.

“What was missed has been missed, but we’ll keep taking the three-generation pictures for sure.”

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