Once Upon a Time…

There was a magical land, a hero, a princess, a villain…. We all know fairytales from our childhood, the form is universal. Fairytales have been with us for a long time… Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood were told to us as children, again and again.

The innocence and purity of children charm Genevieve Caron, evidenced in a recent personal project. Caron says, “I love talking with children, playing with them. They can’t play roles yet. As subjects they are fully there, yet are not yet fully there. I find this ambiguity so interesting. Children have yet to be conditioned to react and respond in certain ways. They are unpredictable. I try to photograph their inhabiting of the present moment.”

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These images harken back to a simpler time, they are classic, yet fresh, vintage yet modern. The graphic lines of the bob haircuts are echoed in the formality of the clothing. The clothes don’t belong to our era, they belong to the world of archetypes – a princess, little red riding hood.

Caron says, “I want the images to be a tribute to how beautiful and perfect the girls are.”

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With the wave of a wand, her camera, Caron delights the viewer with the illusory images she creates celebrating a curious fascination with the classics, the universal, fairytales, stories that provide glimpses of greater things.

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