Some of my favorite moments doing this project is with kids. Today, it’s almost impossible to get a kid to trust you enough to take a photograph because their parents have instilled so much fear into them. I am totally fine with people educating their children to be aware and smart but... It’s tipped too much to where, nowadays, parents tell their kids to be scared of pretty much everything that isn’t them. This is a very dangerous thing to happen to society and never really leaves people as they grow and mature. I meet many young adults that are still not able to trust people fully (especially strangers) because they grew up in overprotective and sheltered households and it’s destroying the fabric of how humanity works.
We are meant to be aware of our surroundings and to use our intuition to gauge if we should trust someone or not. Not use blanket generalizations that are almost always unfairly applied to situations.
When that happens, people start discriminating and having too narrow of a view of culture and race in the world. So, needless to say, it means the world to me to see a child use their brain and intuition to gauge if they should trust me or not. And even more so, to see the parents giving their children the space to make those decisions on their own.
That is the only way for them to fully spread their wings and experience life for how it truly is.