Childhood, Myth & Dreams | Escaping To A World Of Fantasy

Childhood Lost XIII

 

Photographic Artist Justyna Neryng  is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this portraiture.  From the  ongoing project ‘Childhood Lost’To see Justyna’s  body of work, click on any image.

 

Childhood Lost XII

 

Childhood Lost II

 

Childhood Lost VII

 

Childhood Lost is an ongoing project exploring the nature of portraiture and memory. As a single mother I have found myself exploring notions and representations of childhood. I see my daughter’s experiences of growing up in urban England conflicting with my own experiences of growing up in rural Poland. I must confess that my own childhood is not a source of many happy memories, perhaps the most resonant of which are the times I escaped to a world of fantasy played out in the forests surrounding my home village of Chelmsko. Watching my daughter grow up has in a sense held a mirror to my own memories of the past while experiencing her childhood dreams enacted through play, and storytelling. I find myself in a strange place where I can experience my own memories as well as see my daughter’s childhood through my adult eyes. It is these notions I am seeking to explore with the Childhood Lost project. Interweaving childhood nostalgia with the stories and myths of my Polish childhood and those that I share with my essentially British daughter. The project is using these ideas to produce a series of portraits that evoke characters that populate this world we know as childhood. A court of characters from myth and dreams. The images are aesthetically inspired by portraiture from the Golden Age of Dutch painting. By drawing on paintings as inspiration I am hoping to give a timeless feel to the final images. Also key to the project is also the painstaking styling and prop building, which I am using to evoke these different persona played out by my daughter. “

 

Childhood Lost X

 

Childhood Lost VI

 

Childhood Lost IV

 

Childhood Lost I

 

All images © Justyna Neryng

 

 

See also:

Ghost Dance

By Justyna Neryng

 

 

 

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