Time flies. About 2 years ago, I was photographing Wayne when he was just a newborn. Now his birthday is coming up and he will soon turn two.
I didn’t have a DSLR then, and I was struggling to make ends meet. Since ’05 I was trying to fulfill a vision and it is still in the works till this day. I could have made money the easy way but I wanted it to be right. I’ve asked myself many questions and one of them, “What is innocence?”
One of the way to answer this question is to observe how children behave. Children do things in the simplest and most direct manner. When they are hungry they cry, looking for attention. When they want you to carry them they’ll stretch out their hands. When they want something, they’ll just go ahead and explore their possibilities without fear.
In the process, sometimes, they get in trouble of course, but that’s how they learn. In the eyes of adult, children do things that are perceived as wrong, but the truth is that they don’t know that. Children do things purely out of good intent and curiosity. They delight in discovery. They are joyful and happy. It’s a wonder why many of us adults grow up to lose this innocence. Why are we subsided to be shaped by circumstances, environments and events that we do not delight in life anymore. We harbour more fear than we have hope.
That is not to say that we have to be childish of course. Children still do lack the perception of consequence, unlike adults. Instead, I think we should often listen to that inner child of ours. Do you still remember the simple joys of being a kid? How can you apply that now?
In this shot, we were at a Subway restaurant when Wayne wander off on his own, again. He would explore the drinks fridge, walk up and down the aisle looking for something that would catch his eyes and he would be behind the big glass door, trying to grab the large handles. His parents and I kept a close watch of course so he wouldn’t hurt himself. I waited till Wayne was next to the counter lights which would illuminate his face on the side before clicking on the shutter. He complete the look with an innocent smile.
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