When you think about what makes a toddler look like a toddler, you might imagine their chubby little hands moving wildly to match their mood, a wide-eyed expression of wonder, baby teeth still in tact and the ability to burst into laughter or tears on a dime.
Paris-based photographer Quentin Curtat and retoucher Cristian Girotto seized on this idea that most adults still have a “a young core, instinctive, creative but also innocent and naïve” little person inside. Their series (which we first saw on FStoppers.com), called “L’ Enfant Extérieur” (“The Outer Child”), uses the magic of post-production to transform full adults on the outside into what their inner children might look like.
It’s “an examination that begins from the classical dichotomy shape-substance and that questions itself about the nature of purity and the unavoidability of the corruption, without taking itself too seriously, because in the end, you know, children like to play,” writes Michele Panella.
The results are definitely strange, seriously funny, and eminently captivating. Take a look:
All images used with permission from Cristian Girotto
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