Cailynn, 2010 by Kobie Nel

image of Cailynn 2010 by Kobie Nel

Artist's statement

This photo of Cailynn Van der Merwe is part of an ongoing series on kids that documents the same children each year. A large format 4 x 5 camera was used, which required the sitter to remain very still, like the way portraits were taken in the beginning of portraiture. This is a character study to try and see what kind of person we will become while we are still kids, simply by observing basic facial features. I did not want to evoke any childlike emotions, as I wanted to see the small facial features that make us unique, or similar to our parents.