Loretta Lux: nonconventional child portraiture.
Notice how these photographs violate many of the norms of the usual child photographic portrait. The children are not forced to smile. The colors are not bright and happy, but desaturated. The frame is generally not the usual portrait-format upright rectangle, but square. This site was linked to from MonkeyFilter, where the children were described by some posters as 'demonic'. Oh, horsefeathers. These kids aren't demonic, they're just alienated. They're kids forced into an adult world that doesn't fit them very well, and won't until they grow up. That's the way the world is. Kids will never have a world of their own, they'll always be 'outsiders', because that's just the way things are.
Kids fighting against a mysterious, sometimes frightening, violent, or exploitative adult world is a theme I want to write about. The difference between kids and other outsiders is that kids are destined to become part of that same adult world, someday. And that's the paradox.
略語 == ryakugo ==
|Left radical is 'field' (田), right is 'each' (各), acting phonetically to express 'separate/divide'. This character originally referred to a boundary between fields, leading to the concept of an 'outline', and thence to 'abbreviation'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Abbreviated outline of each field.'|