Fun idea, beautifully executed! Thank you Kate! From Kate:
"I always like to have a few side projects running alongside my commissioned work – to keep me creative, to keep me thinking and for indulging exactly how I want to photograph kids. I'm not a cutesy photographer and I love images with atmosphere, with a little bit more going on in them. So for this project I have been photographing children reading the books they love in the places they are growing up in. I'm ever so slightly book obsessive, so it is an absolute delight to chat to kids about the books they lose themselves in. It's a whisper of nostalgia for me, and it is a very real document of their childhood for them.
I really like this project because Kate has managed to take an abstract concept, the interests and imagination of a child, and turned it into something tangible, that she can photograph. As adults, so many of us read books on electronic devices that come with very little physical aura or romance surrounding them. It's all just text on a screen for us now. Many of us are no longer surrounded by books and papers and tall, towering bookshelves.
Yet, for children, we still know that a real, tangible book, maybe full of pictures, and room full of toys, and a place to sit, etc, are required elements for them, when it comes to reading, playing, and just existing. That romance isn't going to go away anytime soon in our conception of what kids want and need, yet we're on our way to losing it among the adult population. The closer we get to that loss, the closer that projects like this will remind us how so much of our enjoyment of a process lies in our physical experience of that thing.
This might explain the recent return of many portrait and wedding photographers to using film instead of a digital technology to photograph their clients. Including me. Among their explanations for continuing to shoot film, many of these people will say that there's just something about the physical process of touching the film, using the film cameras, or of touching a slide, that they love. And that experience just can't be recreated with digital.
Keep going, Kate. We love this concept, and your depth of thought on the subject!