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LisaLove Bäckman is a photo-artist based in Skellefteå who mainly works with self-portraits. She values the creative process highly since the creative work itself gives great meaning. In this project, LisaLove has created images of children who had the opportunity to choose from different accessories. The hope has been to use photography to capture the often playful mind of children, but also the authority and poise that children can possess.
Stenbecks Stiftelse has based its work on the idea that children, youths, and adults should experience autonomy and power. In this photo series, the artist has captured playfulness and strength. The children have mixed different expressions in their outfits and present themselves on their own premises. The images celebrate children’s joy, seriousness, vulnerability, and power.
The purpose of this photo series is to emphasize children’s presence. The children themselves have created their expressions through play to be portrayed in a way that is neither the typical photo on a mother’s desk nor a documentary depiction, challenging the way we meet children in imagery.