While reviewing possible subjects for this week’s assignment, I chose to vividly illustrate the way we, as adults, sometimes loose touch with our inner child. No matter if we are introverts or extroverts, as years go by we somehow shy away from the world and stop manifesting the innocence and the no worries attitude once shown as a child. While common advice tells us to “grow up” or “get real”, truth is maturity is a state of mind that does not always bring happiness or truly solves our problems.
Worrying, dwelling over the past or dreaming away about the future while neglecting the present, concerning about our self image and not living truly to ourselves are the things we have done to ourselves as adults. By trapping the inner child somewhere deep inside we do not always see the light at the end of the tunnel and almost certainly cannot find true meaning in life. The following double exposures are a symbol of this “incarceration” of our true self, while being too busy to please the world and keep up with the social pace, hence the metro railway I used in two of the images.
While this image still lacks the proper contrast and background, I found the child very expressive and the posture is exactly what I was aiming to convey. The final images may feature a more clean background, and a second layer more visible only inside the silhouette of the child.
This one features no main character, as it is meant to show only the social pressure of the city, represented by crowds, vehicles and noise. On a certain level, they also represent the barriers which deny our true self to manifest.
In the last of the three images, another child, this time a toddler, crawls through a metro tunnel. As opposed to the first one, he looks as if he were lost/abandoned.
The concept is still under development but I believe that representing the introvert/extrovert dichotomy and the behaviour of adults in society through children (that represent, in fact, the “inner children”) is expressive, sensitive and nonetheless true.