And what if being 11 years old was, before everything, a magnificent possibility of writing one’s life on a blank page? This is what this series of portraits of children in their last year of elementary school seems to present. The whiteness that surrounds them, formalizing the transition from childhood to pre-adolescence, also allows the photographer to capture the outline of their sensitivities but also the almost-cruel determination that ignites them when the first glimpses of their personalities come alive. At this age when the body begins to dictate its unfair and troubling rules, conjugating your entrance into society and finding your place among others is a daily challenge. These young warriors are well aware of it and look at the lens with the aplomb of those who won’t be led astray from their goal by anything.
text from Astrid Chaffringeon