by Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Thursday 2 May 2013

In a recent interview with Vice magazine, photographer Jonathan Hobin stated about his series, ‘Sometimes the kids just get it. Like the 9/11 picture. Even though they are three or four years old, they saw the twin towers and said, ‘I’ll hold the airplane, this is where the plane hit the building’. The mother was stunned. These symbols have worked their way into our subconscious. They are so ingrained in our culture, and they’re instantly recognizable’. Hobin continued by saying,’On the other hand, one of the new images is about acid attacks. With those kids, you’d say, ‘You’re fighting. To hurt that person you pour something that will sting on them’. You talk to them in terms they’re going to understand. And they understand it’s one person hurting another person—that’s the big picture. ‘To start talking about specifics, like bringing in culture, religion… things like that, I think that’s just too big for them to handle. They get the broad strokes. I’m sure it makes for some very interesting conversations on the way home from the photo shoot’. Hobin’s series is a poignent expression of the horrific effects of these tragedies, and re-creating the events with children makes for an even more emotional visual.