Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic
Taken with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 80 Optic
Most parents take pictures of their children so that when they grow up, they can look back and remember what they did when they were little. But for New Zealand photographer Mina Mimbu, it’s more than that. She doesn’t want simply to document her sons’ lives; she wants to capture the world as they see it right now, at the age of one and two, so that years later, they can move backwards through time.
Mimbu started photographing seriously when she had her first son. With the arrival of her children, she was able to recall scenes from her own youth in Japan, where she lived until the age of fourteen. She knew she didn’t have to travel to faraway lands to find that magic again; after all, even the most familiar things seemed mysterious through the eyes of her new children.
Mimbu’s photographs aren’t about the world of adults. Colors pop and lines blur to build a surreal universe. The aesthetic of her photographs follows their subject matter; reality morphs to adhere to the daydreams of her young heroes. If she wanted truly to capture the richly imaginative landscape of childhood, she couldn’t use a normal old lens, and she ultimately found her match in the Lensbaby’s creative effects lenses.
We interviewed Mimbu about her art, her kids, and her lenses.