The Devil’s Playpen

Several years ago, I was taking a class at MICA with the amazingly talented teacher, Tom Baird.  I cannot for the life of me remember what the name of the class was, but it was a life-changing one.  It helped me develop the first series that I could actually dive into, that I wasn’t forced to do because of a school assignment, and that I still continue to shoot heavily for today.

The youth of today isn’t like any other generation that came before it.  The internet is at their fingertips 24/7, constant contact through the written word is the norm for most. Teens have access to a world of information – but is that really a good thing?  You can learn a lot of great things through the world wide web…but you can also learn a lot of terrible things.  Kids are growing up too fast.  If you don’t believe me, then follow this series of photographs taken of elementary school playgrounds around the Baltimore-Metropolitan area.

Though most of these photos contain foul language, adult themes, and a longing for the innocence that children used to claim, there are some that can give the world hope that not all is lost.  Those photos, sadly, are few and far between.

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