Mom Photographs Her Kids Growing Up Without Electronics
It’s not a new idea to raise children without technology, but so few parents actually manage to pull it off. One of them is a photographer from New Zeland, Niki Boon, who shares her achievement in this heartwarming photo series called “Childhood in the Raw”.
Niki became interested in photography while working in Scotland, but on her travels she felt that the charm was wearing off. You would think that coming back home eventually ended the hobby, but surprisingly, it rekindled her passion. She has found inspiration in her children who are growing up electronics-free on a 10-acre property in New Zeland.
“There is a bit of work involved when living on land for sure,” Niki told Bored Panda. “…and we have animals to tend to. But the work is, mostly, what we enjoy…and it is great for the kids to gain the sense of what it is to have to work to enjoy what we have, to learn where our food comes from first hand, about new life and death, both very interesting and not always easy life lessons to learn.”
“My children are unschooled and live without TV or modern electronic devices”
This is 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…”
“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”