Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Innocence is something we commonly relate to children. We see a child doing something that we know we would never be found doing, at least in public, and think of the innocence of the child. Like when a baby does something wrong and someone says, "Well, she's just a baby." We create this grey area for children which in my opinion is not always good. However, I do think a child has the right to be a child and experience things as one without the cautious attitude of an adult or young adult. Although, I do think an adult should carry the responsibilities that many would agree are common in our society today. I also believe that it should not be considered irresponsible for an adult to play and have fun. 

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

With this shoot I wanted to remove an expectation. An expectation that a young adult shouldn't play, swing, or climb. I wanted the viewer to experience a child like feel. To let down this stigma that it is only child's play. My hope is that it will make anyone and everyone want to go to the park or the playground in the backyard and just have fun. It's not only parents who get to play and run around like kids chasing their little ones. You could have just gotten engaged and run around at the beach playing frisbee. You could be in high school and want to roll down the grassy knoll around the corner. Saying a person should be responsible does not mean you should let go of your innocence. Yes, as an adult, I hope you know when doing these things are appropriate and I don't think playing tag during a funeral or business meeting are acceptable but I hope it makes you think twice when you are taking a stroll around the block and feel like skipping. Let your guard down and actually do it. Who knows you may not only smile and enjoy yourself, you may gain a new friend, or may inspire someone else to have fun. 

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

"We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage."

-Sean Penn

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

Photo of Crystal Benoit by Catherine Alyce

I think it is with innocence we find a love of life. Even though it may seem childlike I think these things bring happiness to a person. As an adult we know that we could fall if we climb a tree or walk along the top of the fence. We know that talking to a stranger could end in a kidnapping. Yes, these things can happen and I am not saying people should be ignorant or irresponsible. I am just recognizing that the fun in life comes from trying new things, not caring what people think, enjoying being outside and running in the park. These are the things a child does instinctively and maybe, as adults, we should too. 

Thank you all for reading, I'll be seeing you... Au Revoir!

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