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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Boyhood

The subject of boys transitioning to men fascinates me. Being the mother to three boys in different stages of youth and maturity I see a duality between their innocence and inexperience while navigating the pressures of learning how to become men. No matter what kind of men boys grow up to become - good, bad, powerful, weak, they have one shared experienced: the period of youth. It’s this twilight moment I hope to capture within this series of photographs. In this photograph, Alex a preteen boy shares a moment of quietness outside with his father during the summer of COVID. This photograph portrays the vulnerability of childhood, the bond between father and son, and the trust and beauty of love amidst turbulent times of growing into a teenager during the summer of an uncertain pandemic.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Camera: NIKON Z 7
Copyright: © Rebecca Moseman