Children can often be our greatest source of inspiration.
They aren’t confined by the rules, politics or realities of the adult life and because of that, their ambitions and dreams remain limitless and untethered. The most insightful question you can ask any child is “What do you wish to be when you grow up?”.
That’s the very same question which Belgium travel photographer Sofie Knijff posed to a variety of young minds in her evocative series Translations. Her thought-provoking work has taken her around the world and back, photographing children dressed as their future selves in India, Brazil, South Africa, Greenland, Iceland and Mail.
And yet wherever she was in the world, the was a recurring theme in the children’s answers. Each of their unique surroundings, directly influenced their dream job and the future they saw for themselves. The young boy from Mali hopes to one day become a doctor so that he can help others and save lives. His country is home to some of the highest levels of infant mortality in the world.
Whilst the ambitions are big and dress-ups fun, in the end, each child holds the same dream. They all have a desire to inspire, support and help others envisage a better future for their country.
That’s a very real reason to feel optimistic about the world don’t you think?
Actress, South Africa
Singer, South Africa
Goal Keeper, South Africa
Engineer and Architect, India
Harry Potter, India
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