bathtime. © Kate T. Parker

Nan Goldin once said of children, “They’re closer to whatever it is—where we come from and where we go.” Photographing childhood for her book Eden and After was her way of returning to that essential purity of spirit and understanding that’s gradually lost as we age. Before “they’re taught to forget,” young people hold within them the key to the great mysteries of humankind, if only we dare to listen to what they have to say. For our upcoming group show, we invite you to send us your photographs of childhood, a time when everything is new and raw and growing old seems so very far away.

This group show will be curated by Alison Zavos, Editor-in-Chief at Feature Shoot. To submit, email up to five images (620 pixels wide on the shortest side, saved for web, no borders or watermarks) titled with your name and the number of the image (ex: yourname_01.jpg) to fsgroupshow (at) gmail (dot) com with “Childhood” in the subject line. Please include your full name, website and image captions within the body of the email.

You may also submit via Instagram simply by following @featureshoot and posting your images using the hashtag #featureshootchildhood. Submissions are already rolling in, so act now for the chance to have your image featured on our Instagram.

This show is supported by Squarespace, the intuitive website publishing platform that makes it simple for photographers to build creative and professional sites with their combo of award-winning designs, hosting, domains, and commerce. Selected photos will run on the Feature Shoot website and be promoted through our social media channels. Copyright remains with the photographer.

Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2016.

Squarespace is a Feature Shoot sponsor.