Niki Boon’s images are a revelation to me, a signpost to an outlier world where innocence and simple pleasures fill children’s lives. Her children are the children of W. Eugene Smith and Sally Mann, of Edward Steichen’s The Family of Man. They are our children of course as well as the us we think we used to be. Documenting this little slice of wonderment and discovery is a gift Niki offers, one that defies the march of technology that has subsumed us but ironically allows us to share it only because said technology exists.
In her own words:
“We live a simple life in rural New Zealand, on a 10 acre property surrounded by rivers, coastline, bush and hills.
My children are unschooled and live without TV or modern electronic devices, a lifestyle that may seem unconventional to some but I am here to celebrate the magical place I choose to live with my family.
I document their days, together, in an environment full of nature and uninhibited play. I photograph as physical record of their childhood, life as it is… the real …but also as a reflection of a childhood rooted deep in my own past …a most sincere place of freedom.. a childhood I now pass on to my own children. Although deeply personal I believe that others will also connect to some aspect of their own childhood…
I believe my children are right where they belong covered in mud , running and living through nature.
They belong here wild and free and earth connected in a way where the landscape begins and their little souls end.”