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Arresting Photos Capture Childhood Fear and Wonder

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In his highly contrasted black and white images, Helsinki, Finland-based photographer Johan Entchev dreams up a world a childhood anxiety and wonderment. In photographing his sons, whom he has documented since they were born, he abandons objective realities for subjective desire, always viewing the children partly obscured as if through a veil of adult nostalgia.

In these images, which are never staged, limbs are seen in the purest white, becoming beacons of invisible ghosts or angels lurking in areas of inky black. The innocence of childhood exists within a landscape of fear and nightmare, reaching boldly into the darkness with tiny toes, hands, and faces. Nothing is as as it seems as trees readily become mistaken for shadows, water for a night sky glinting with stars. In this murky psychological terrain, youth is seen as ephemeral and fleeting, under constant threat of succumbing to a vast expanse of the unknown.

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All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is an exclusive category channel partner on Feature Shoot.

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