Over a period of 3 years Clement Cooper has produced a series of provoking portraits of children between 10 and 11 years of age. They are intended to challenge our perceptions of just what a child is and should be.
In essence, Cooper’s work is a conscious attempt to break with the long held calculated construction of the child being the embodiment and personification of our ideals. Cooper’s photographs reach beyond this fallacy in order to present a far more unsettling observation.
By offering us these beautiful, deceptively simple photographs, taken in a variety of natural settings throughout England, Cooper has invited the viewer to project on to the subject their own pre-conceived attitudes, either conscious or unconscious, thus confronting and revealing our own particular failings and desires.