Toy Soldiers

This was another series (in progress) that I shot for class at SCAD.  I wanted to explore the nature of identity and fantasy by focusing on young boys engaging in military simulations.  The original idea was to create a pseudo-documentary series based on a fictitious war fought entirely by youth, so as to raise questions about our perceptions of war based on the images presented in the media.  

I quickly changed directions and started thinking about the kids' gestures in comparison to the real soldiers I encountered when I was living in Palestine in 2005 and 2008.  I wanted to make it difficult for the viewer to distinguish between reality and fantasy.