Children’s play is more than a pastime activity. It is essential for human growth and development. While traveling, I enjoy photographing children participating in self-directed activities and games. They are uninhibited and spontaneous. Pure enjoyment and social interaction motivate youngsters to play sports.
This series of photographs remind me of my childhood years. My friends and I would gather on a quiet street to play kickball, baseball, and football. We learned to take turns, mediate disagreements and cooperate without coaches or referees. Fancy equipment, adequate footwear, and elaborate facilities were not essential. The ball hog, complainer or dirty player was not selected to play. While photographing, I was able to identify with these groups and reflect on the values I learned as a child.
Child’s play in the U.S.A has changed in the last fifty years.
- Are more organized sports beneficial or detrimental to our children?
- Is parental pressure causing children to focus on individual statistics instead of teamwork?
- Are coaches more concerned with winning than good sportsmanship?
- Are professional athletes good role models for our youth?
- Are children over scheduled thwarting the benefits of neighborhood pick up games?