Father Offers Wisdom to His Kids Through Powerful Double-Exposure Photos

Florida-based photographer Brandon Kidwell uses his artistic skills as a powerful way to give valuable advice to his kids. In a series titled Wisdom For My Children, Life Lessons Through Photos, he creates double-exposure images that convey different teachings. It's a personal project that took form over many years, and it reflects the real experiences he's had with his offspring. Each photo is symbolic of some piece of advice that he's given them.

Kidwell's stunning images aren't ones that they'll soon forget. The mostly black-and-white compositions combine portraits, hands, and landscapes, fusing them into abstract photos that are both bold and subtle. They're best enjoyed when you can spend some time with them. At first glance, you might just see a hand, but as you gaze longer you'll notice it contains a someone's portrait. You can't help ask the question, “how does this idea relate to me?”

Although each photograph looks beautiful on its own, Kidwell has also included a short sentence of wisdom. We've included them all below.

Above: Being free means having the courage to let go.

Failure and Regret are reserved for those who are afraid to reach with their heart.

To find your courage, you must first find your fears.

Sometimes what we fear the most is only something we haven't grasped an understanding of.

In order to follow your heart, you must first find your mind.

Lost time is never found again.

To find truth, sometimes you have to reach into the darkness.

Brandon Kidwell website and Behance page
via [Twisted Sifter]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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