Yeondoo Jung’s Wonderland series transforms children’s crayon drawings into photographs that are part make-believe, part reality.
For four months, Jung oversaw art classes in four kindergartens in Seoul and collected 1,200 drawings by children between the ages of five and seven. After pouring through them, he carefully selected 17 drawings and interpreted their meanings. Then he recruited 60 high school students by passing out handbills at their schools in which he invited them to act out the scenarios in the children’s drawings. In order to recreate faithfully drawing details such as dresses with uneven sleeves or buttons of different sizes, he convinced five fashion designers to custom make the clothing for the photo shoot. He also made props unlike any scale found in reality but similar to those in the drawings.
[Top and bottom, Wonderland(2004). © Yeondoo Jung]
As we grow older, the imaginative worlds of our childhood are left behind. We realize that Santa is not real and that our parents work part-time as tooth fairies. It’s beautiful that we are given this wonderful opportunity to revisit these forgotten places. I remember spending long hours doodling as a kid, often conjuring up situations and people that forever live in the recesses of my brain.