"I BELIEVE IN MAGIC" 2003
The childhood wonder and mysticism that Jack Perno exhibits in this image transports the viewer into their own state of childlike curiosity. Everything from Teddy’s vulnerable body language to the innocent inquisitiveness in his features conjures a sense of comprehension. Childhood is a precious age, one that is often marked with daydreams and fanciful journeys during playtime--yet, these are things that we eventually outgrow.
Teddy reminds us of the magic of childhood, rekindling feelings of awe and wonder, as they are marked by the belief in oneself and in the potential for magic to exist within our human realm.
“It was summer when I saw little Teddy sitting on a wooden bench at sunset, looking out at Lake Michigan. Fortunately, I had my camera and pre-exposed Portal Polaroids with me. The light from the setting sun lit him perfectly." - Jack Perno