As children, we were constantly asked what we wanted to be when we grew up. Whether it was to be a fireman, a doctor, a professional athlete, or a singer, we dreamed big. Photographer Sofie Knijff has traveled the world for three years capturing those moments where children announce to the world what they dream to be when they grow up. Knijff dressed them up into what their future selves will look like in her series called Translations.
Knijff was able to create focus on the children and their outfits in the portraits by maintaining a consistent dark background so that the sole focus of the image is the children. By doing so, she created a much more intimate feeling in each portrait that provides a sense of sincerity and hardship between the children and the future they want for themselves.
It is strange that none of the children are smiling although they have been given the opportunity to be taken out of the normal life and dressed up as their dream professions. The portraits capture these little dreamers from South Africa, India, Mali, Brazil, Iceland, and Greenland where each culture had a direct influence on what the children inspired to be.
If your interested in seeing Translations in person, it is currently on display at M.I.A Gallery in Seattle through December 14th, 2013.
[Source: Feature Shoot]