Childhood Memories






Children are the same all over the world. They love to play, they are curious, they are eager to learn. That is until reality of the grown-up world catches up with them. It doesn’t matter if you are living in a rich country or in a poor country as for instance Bolivia. That spontaneity and playfulness belonging to the childhood, too often gets lost when growing up – taking different course then whether you have access to everything or to nothing. During the Bolivian Photo Workshop that I and my colleague Sven taught earlier this year Maj Caboni, one of the participants, captured that childhood spirit in a lovingly and close way. She soaked out children wherever we stayed, in Samaipata, Vallegrande or La Higuera, and returned with some strong black and white images. It was as much a personal tie for her as a story she wanted to tell through her pictures.

If you want to see more of Maj’s pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.

Do you want to experience a photo workshop like the one in Bolivia? The workshop «Cuba in Essence» will take place later this autumn, from October 7th to 14th and still have space for more participants. MORE INFO


46 thoughts on “Childhood Memories

  1. This series truly brings out the nature of children…and as you said they could be in the USA or Bolivia, nothing can contain the pure joy they have at play. The last photo really says it all ~ a wonderful shot.

  2. The most beautiful years… Great photographs. Thank you dear Otto, you know, I always dream to join one of these workshops… who knows maybe one day in the future 🙂 Have a nice weekend, love, nia

  3. There is nothing that isn’t enchanting about the smile of a child. Perhaps, as adults, we see that kind of wonderment and happiness in a special way because we have seen the world and all it’s raw edges and wish it could always and in every way be a place where those smiles would exist freely and frequently again. These photos are lovely. What else is there to say?

  4. i really like the angle or the way she captured the children not straight on but like how children love to play – all over the place at different heights, angles, on the ground…one can feel the fun with these photos

  5. Her choice of monochrome allows the viewer to become totally engaged in the wonder of childhood innocence and joy. They are delightful renderings of another culture that (as you said) transcends borders and oceans.

  6. I agree children are very similar all over the world. In fact people in general, share a lot of similarities too. Wonderful pictures Otto, thanks for sharing.

  7. They are the same all over the world, they are they are. These pictures just bring joy, smiles. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help thinking of the kids in Syria who were gassed… but that these moments exist, is heart warming. Just lovely photos.

  8. Heart warming, beautiful, a beckon of hope. Children and their world are pure and beautiful. It’s the happiest time there is no matter what the economic situation may be. We all should work together and strive that all children be given the chance to laugh, play, be happy, to feel safe, to have a home where love abounds.

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