Video: What are our children playing? Photo series "In the nursery" by Jonathan Hobin
2023 Author: Richard Flannagan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 05:58
Modern children grow up not only on old fairy tales, in which a happy ending is invariably, and good always triumphs over evil. From TV screens and newspaper pages, they learn about a completely different reality, where there are almost no princesses and knights left, but disasters, accidents, misfortunes constantly occur. Photographer Jonathan Hobin, in the In the Playroom series, offered us a look at how modern media affects children's consciousness.
Although Jonathan Hobin depicts children in all of his photographs, the theme of their games is far from childish. Instead of the usual games of "cars" or "daughters-mothers", the kids enthusiastically reproduce the events of recent years, including the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 and hurricane Katrina. There is even a photo depicting the Governor General of Canada, Michael Jean, who recently ate a piece of raw seal heart in front of television cameras. “Children cannot escape the media - they are everywhere,” says Jonathan Hobin. - If you don't watch TV or listen to the radio, then you see the covers of newspapers - at least when you walk past the press stand in the supermarket. In my photographs I try to show what effect the mass media has on our culture and what we will get as a result in the future."
Khobin's works debunk the myth of "innocent childhood", according to which children know nothing about negative events in reality and live in their own ideal world. It was once so, but now it is simply impossible to protect children from an avalanche of information. “I want people to recognize the fact that kids see all the scary things that happen around them,” says Jonathan. "If you see it, they see it too." The heroes of the photographs look directly into the eyes of the audience, and you involuntarily ask yourself the question: “What are the children who play such games thinking about? And what will they do when they grow up?"
Jonathan Hobin is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker. Lives and works in Toronto and Ottawa.
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