Early childhood development psychologist’s asserted that play was a child’s work.
This ongoing project on children concentrates on the child’s sense of self and development, particularly through play. Often observed and stopped in their tracks to photograph, the work comes from a curiosity at these worlds that adults are excluded from.
One child plays with a stick gun, sharing that they are playing World War III, Russia Versus Ukraine, when asked. Another wears a homemade dinosaur tail, an incongruous sight alongside his stance and attire; one foot in childhood and another in the teenage years.
Individual portraits from Interruptions can be viewed on the Portraits Series page with additional background text.
How children act and react to the world as they achieve a sense of self is fascinating. This is evident in their patterns of play, where internal narratives and fictionalised 'realities' are enacted and presented to the viewer.