Stumbled Upon Site of the Day…
February 17, 2010
Yeondoo Jung, a South Korean photographer created a series called Wonderland in 2005. He gathered artwork from children and tried to recreate their vision through his photographs.
From the Gallery that hosted the Wonderland Exhibition:
“For four months, Jung oversaw art classes in four kindergartens in Seoul and collected 1,200 drawings by children between the ages of five and seven. After pouring through them, he carefully selected 17 drawings and interpreted their meanings. Then he recruited 60 high school students by passing out handbills at their schools in which he invited them to act out the scenarios in the children’s drawings. In order to recreate faithfully drawing details such as dresses with uneven sleeves or buttons of different sizes, he convinced five fashion designers to custom make the clothing for the photo shoot. He also made props unlike any scale found in reality but similar to those in the drawings.”
See more of the drawings/photos below–so inspiring!
The project reminds me of something Brian Singer (creator of the 1,000 Journals project) said about how we lose our creativity as adults. As kids, we don’t feel criticism or rejection, and we express whatever comes into our heads. I love that Jung was able to capture the uncensored visions of children through his own photography.
I browsed Jung’s website to read more about him as a photographer and an artist. I came across his Super Rule #6, which I thought was worth sharing: ” If you belief in magic, you will find it everywhere”.