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Magical Photos Capture the Wonders and Sorrows of Childhood in Rural France

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For Close to Home/Autumn, photographer Andie Wilkinson captures the changing of the seasons in and around her house and its neighboring farm areas in the idyllic Tarn-et-Garonne, France. Over the course of her thirteen years in the rustic landscape, she has documented many harvest months, and yet they are compressed here into a single and abiding instant of fall.

With the exception of a mysterious bearded man, whom Wilkinson was drawn to for his faraway gaze, Close to Home/Autumn features only the artist’s children and downy animals, subjects who seem to exist within an incorruptible realm of daydreams that neither the photographer nor her audience can quite penetrate. In this strange and ethereal world, animal instinct reigns supreme, the human notion of time becomes suspended and non-linear.

Throughout this innocent and tender landscape runs an inevitable sense of loss, as told by the increased shade of early sunsets. As the fertile summer fades away, small and delicate creatures die with it, bringing with them the foreboding atmosphere of wintertime. Even in the most shadowed frames, however, tendrils of sunlight peer through, promising the eventual return to the gentleness and vitality of spring.

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All images © Andie Wilkinson

via Mutant Space

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