Heather Evans Smith challenges the notion that children should be 'Seen, Not Heard' with her latest series.
The North Carolina-based photographer explores her daughter's growing independence. Whereas she was once completely reliant on her mother, Smith's daughter is now her own semi-autonomous little self. This series is a way for Smith to reconcile her daughter's transition, but it also serves as a space for her daughter to negotiate her own journey.
To highlight the transition, Smith dressed her 4-year-old in costumes and props from her own childhood. This creative decision serves as a constant reminder that Smith, too, was once navigating the same period of growth. The costumes are a way for Smith's daughter to embrace her mother. Smith's daughter will have her own unique journey, yes, but it will be one influenced by her mother and her mother's past.
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