During the recent pandemic and lockdown, many children have sought comfort in an accessory: a ‘Buddy'.
Finding reassurance in this time of social distancing has been essential for them.
Having worked on an international project called ‘Resonators’ where Scarlet photographed guitarists with their guitars, similarly she wanted to photograph children holding their number one love; their special, most loved comfort toy.
This item relaxed the subjects, and in 5 mins the shot was achieved. Each image was spontaneous and not preplanned except for an estimated time of arrival.
Capturing the essence of the child, socially distanced, it struck Scarlet how powerful and thought provoking these images really are.
The young faces possessed a wisdom of sorts. 60 children have been photographed to date. Here is a small selection:
ALPHA is an exhibition by five award-winning photographers in aid of the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). CALM aims to prevent male suicide in the UK, and offers support to men who are living with depression or are in crisis.
“Dreaming big to me is about believing in yourself and having faith that you can follow your dreams, the passion radiates out in everything you do,” says Scarlet. Like Princess Merida, Scarlet prides herself on following her instincts. “[Merida] listens to her inner voice and follows the path she feels she is meant to explore. She believes in herself and is brave.”