The Sweetest Childhood Photography (15 photos)

Shot in beautiful black and white, photographer Suzanne Revy captures the feelings of childhood like no one else. Her series, titled Small Wonders, stars her children, their cousins and friends in a wide range of activities including romping through forests, turning a dishwashing box into a cave and finding out just how far a frog can stretch. Most beautiful of all, however, is how Revy describes her work: In about the third or fourth grade, late in the afternoon when I should have been doing homework, I would go to the backyard to play. I was a pioneer and I would ride my horse back and forth across the grass from my homestead to a river. When it got too dark, I'd be called into dinner and banished from this world for the day. By sixth grade, the time between visits to my backyard adventures grew longer. Now, as I look back, these make believe dramas, seem like explorations in a Garden of Eden, and as I grew up without noticing, the gates to it closed. When children are deeply absorbed in play they seem far away. They create invisible worlds through conversations, dialogs and theatrics. Their young voices breathe life into stuffed animals, they see dinosaurs and dragons lurking behind trees and under beds. I observe the way they move their hands and feet, and they way they find and handle small creatures, the way they smell, touch, inspect and collect dirt, rocks, leaves- and more. How can they so fully engage themselves in this rich interior life? Which moments will they remember and how? Is this instinct, this impulse to play universal? I listen to my sons, and I watch them, but I do not always understand their stories, myths and secrets. When I photograph children, my own and others, I use the lens of the camera, a window if you will, to seek clues to the realms they have created. I am engaged once again in child's play, if only from a distance, and that I have made a connection between my childhood and theirs through my photographs.

Suzanne Revy via Booooooom

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