The Garden of innocence and experience[i]
There is a special path for everyone from family to individuality, from innocence to awareness. And in this journey one gets some experience. These photos are about the summer vacation of my family, when my sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews spend their weekend together in an old private garden. Every year three mounts of summer away from the school and to some extend already from their parents, children have some short journeys in garden and look for adventure also they make some discoveries.
I know that some part of my personality have been figured in this garden too, away from social rules; moments that there was any adult with us, the experience of freedom, faraway from civil society. I remember that sometimes pulling down the nest of ants or a bird or killing a butterfly accidently was with guilt complex therefor we feel regrets about it so we decide to control our behavior afterward. These changes in personality are with freedom and choice. The issue is that in the society and family the difference between mistake and wrong how could be defined, that may be turns to crooked act. So I try to show metaphorically by photographing my family’s children the way that people may pass in their life until their personality form.
Although everyone has some connections with their family and society but these two can’t always have positive effect on the process of forming individual’s personality and in many cases man is alone moreover she or he may be in contrast with them. So everybody should chose and experience their own path. When I photographed my nephews and nieces, in my heart I tried to portray innocence that is inherent in people and if everyone tries to keep it as much as she/he can it will be a helpful guide.
[i] The title is inspired by William Blake’s book “Songs of innocence and experience”