There was a story (Warning: NSFW, but not in the usual way) on one of my favorite photography websites, Petapixel, the other day that has been on my mind. Basically, to sum up. Wyatt Neumann, a married photographer and father of two, has to transport a car cross-country, so he decides to take his 3-year-old daughter on the road trip with him. They have lots of fun together seeing the country and like pretty much every parent in the last few years, he decides to spam social media with a bajillion pictures of his kid on their little vacation… because, you know, that’s what parents do.
Said daughter, appears to have a habit of taking her clothes off and scampering around naked. I guess, one could think this was scandalous, except for the part where she’s THREE! My neighborhood has at least half a dozen toddlers in it running up and down the street in states of undress pretty much at all times. As far as I can tell, three year olds basically just don’t like clothes.
Anyway, apparently Neumann’s photos have stirred up a shit-storm of internet controversy because “how dare you sexually exploit your daughter like that, you asshole” and stuff like that.
But looking at his shots, and oh my god are they gorgeous. Then I went and looked at my Facebook feed. Then I thought back to like every family photo album that I’ve ever seen from anyone ever (including some embarrassing ones that my own mother owns). I’m pretty sure the only difference between the photos that Neumann takes and that every other parent takes is that… well, he’s actually good at it.
The best part of the controversy is his response. He opened a gallery show with the photos of his daughter hung next to captions of the tweets he got calling him a horrible father and pornographer? Why? Because he’s my fucking hero, that’s why. He explains himself in this interview (youtube clip may involve sign-in for age verification).
Anyway, I’m sadly not in New York, but i kinda wish I was, because I’d love to go see the show. If you are, you totally should go and tell me about it.