We don't read and write poetry because it's cute.
We read and write poetry because we are members of
the human race. And the human race is filled with
passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering,
these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain
life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are
what we stay alive for.
~Dead Poets Society
Though not directly related, I like the above quote because it speaks to me of the underlying reason I choose to photograph children. I don’t photograph them because they’re cute, though quite obviously they are. I photograph them because I truly see them as poetry.
To follow a child with camera is to be led on a passionate adventure, where the things that mostly go unnoticed by us adults are thoughtfully investigated and taken in fully. They let everything in, absorbing it all unfiltered and without preconceptions. The process of bringing their poetry to fruition in the form of a photograph can be erratic, messy, and sometimes arduous. But since they’re such open and fresh conduits to divinity, to me it’s always worth the effort.