© Aaron Rodriguez (@theongoingworldphotography)
The Legend of Play, Laguna Beach, California © Leigh Webber (@leighwebber)
Goldfish © Aaron Wax (@ajwax)
In the early 1990s, Sally Mann famously told The New York Times Magazine, “Sometimes I think the only memories I have are those that I’ve created around photographs of me as a child.” It’s true; in adulthood, we remember our childhoods from pictures taken by those who loved us. For our latest group show, we invited you to submit the photographs you’ve taken of children and their surroundings, images that capture the elusive essence of childhood— its joys, its disappointment, and everything in between.
Curator Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot, selected 101 photographs from thousands of submissions. Due the popularity of this show and caliber of the images submitted, the editors of Feature Shoot have started a brand new Instagram account: Childhood Everyday (@childhoodeveryday). The feed will showcase photographs of childhood around the world. To submit your images for consideration, simply follow @childhoodeveryday on Instagram and tag your photos #childhoodeveryday.
The children featured here range from infancy to early adolescence, taking us through the lives of youngsters living around the world. We visit an orphanage in Nepal, the streets of Mumbai, a primary school in Turkey, and summerhouses in Maine.
These children come from various places, each with a different story, but these artists have conveyed not only the specific but the universal delight and anguish that come with the early years of any lifetime. In childhood, the pain of timeouts, playground politics, and dead goldfish is almost unbearably acute, but the all-consuming wonder of hopping on a swing, finding a new toy, or patting a dog, is equally as intense.
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