Most children in Germany spend around 4 years in the kindergarten, between the age of 2 and 6 before they start school. In this series I explore the relationship between early childhood and place through a series of photographs of playgrounds and kindergartens. These photographs are accompanied by portraits of children at kindergarten age, capturing them at a moment where they seem to be themselves, rather than told to smile and look happy.

This project brings the everyday reality of small children into focus and explores in which way places such as playgrounds and kindergartens may influence their development.

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