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It's usual to see children assuming the role of sweet innocent characters in endearing situations when it comes to photography, but for Jonathan Hobin
, that same innocence seems to serve more serious matters.
A few years ago, this Canadian photographer and art director shocked everyone with his exhibition "In the Playroom", where several children could be seen recreating controversial historical events in history in their playful bedrooms and sunny backyards.
What seems to be, at a first glance, a pointless case of exploitation is actually an astute observation of how information gets to our houses through several media channels nowadays. In an age of technology, children are easily exposed to "adult" events that they have no real ability to understand. In these playing scenes, children mimic what they hear or see in their "pretend to be adult" games. Instead of playing doctors or becoming super heroes, children are seen dealing with September 11 and the North Korean nuclear menace.
Hobin does not intend to vulgarize violence or exploit innocent children, but to show just how much careless information we are exposing to younger generations.