Celebrities revealed for the first time the most important children in their lives, in one of the most personal and intimate of exhibitions. The project, by photographer Scarlet Page, and in association with the charity War Child, explores the deep bond that exists between child and carer.
With portraits of some celebrities better known for eyebrow-raising antics than child-raising tactics – including Sadie Frost, Shaun Ryder and Keith Allen – the exhibition offers a series of acutely tender moments that look beyond the famous face – and capture the parent, godparent, and aunt or uncle that exists in all of us.
War Child works with children in conflict areas to make sense of how the chaos of war can destroy even the most fundamental family connections, and to help rebuild the ties that bind. This exhibition will capture the softer side of some of the UK’s most recognisable faces. From musicians to actors, designers and dancers; from unborn babies to grown up children, each of the portraits resonates at a universal level. The mission and ethos of War Child inspired Page to explore the most powerful of human relationships – by capturing the very private moments of very public figures on film.
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.
“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.”