Photograph category child
Since the inception of photography, children and toddlers have been depicted in reconstructed or real interiors of homes. The interior is attributed qualities of property, travel and cultural tradition. Objects are arranged in the composition to frame the child photographed, showing her in the social setting of the family. The child in the portrait is a part of the presentation of property, of worldly goods, and forms another category alongside travel and tradition.
A girl, with a stuffed toy, a child-sized polar bear. A modern resumption of the motif of polar bear furs, on which the children of wealthy families were photographed at the beginning of the 20th century. On the wooden-panelled wall, a painting with rocks, water and island – symbols of travel. A view of a seashore; longing and desire for faraway places.
Travel-property-ownership. Travel souvenirs. Supplements to necessary household equipment. Souvenirs of distant destinations, holiday periods and the privileges of travel. A tea set made of yellow, light metal, perhaps from Morocco, demonstrates cultural openness. A mouth-blown glass fish from the North Sea island Bornholm, a souvenir from a short trip. The leafy plant, an object of cultivation and part of the living room equipment. A transferred relict from palm gardens, orangeries and tea houses.
The television’s empty screen, a potential sign for the view onto the world, participation in world events, daily information requirement and private entertainment.
The girl is positioned exactly in the centre of these signs and categories. She shows herself to the camera and her stuffed animal. Category girl in the category interior of property. Stuffed animal property and stuffed animal owner, small format in large format, guarantor of the future in one’s own home.