Growing up, kids are taught to pose and smile when they’re in front of a camera. We want them to look cute. Problem is, kids aren’t always cute. They can also be a real pain in the ass.
Photographer Jan von Holleben knows that and avoids this photographic trap by letting his young subjects be their loud, creative and sometimes obnoxious selves.
The typical kid photo caters to a “certain kind of people who romanticize childhood and who want to have it in a safe bubble,” says von Holleben, who is based in Berlin, Germany. “Personally I find it limiting because childhood is much more complicated.”
Von Holleben’s most well-known work is called Dreams of Flying (above) and features a group of kids from his old neighborhood in Sasbach, Germany. The kids play out make-believe scenarios while lying on the ground while von Holleben photographs them from a ladder, car rooftop or second story window. The top-down perspective allows the kids to free themselves from gravity and pretend like they’re climbing the empire state building, flying through space or swinging through the jungle like Tarzan.
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When Tim Sweeney is out in the world discussing pedestrian things—the sweet tea at a particular barbecue restaurant, say, or the irony of having a hockey team in North Carolina, a place without much naturally occurring ice—part of him seems to be missing. It’s as if some roped-off area of his parietal lobe is back in the office, mulling over whatever conundrum is plaguing his graphics guys: how best to digitally re-create the diffusion of light through skin maybe, or how to show the world reflected in a character’s eye.
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