“To reform the world - means to reform upbringing. Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today. They have a right to be taken seriously, and to be treated with tenderness and respect. They should be allowed to grow into whoever they were meant to be. 'The unknown person' inside of them is our hope for the future.”
― Korczak Janusz
Upbringing is a photographic series about childhood as the first stage of defining our place in society, both individually and collectively. It is a study of pure human interaction and group dynamics being formed; analyzing the forces and properties which stimulate growth, development or change within a system. This project is the continuation of an ongoing personal research about alternative education. It casts light on structures attempting to provide children with the freedom they need in order to grow. Therefore, this is also a celebration of gradually evolving education systems, focusing here on Montessorischool De Korf in Rotterdam. Through these images, the viewer is given the opportunity to return to their own inner child and reflect upon their relations with their surroundings. Upbringing is an open invitation to take an active look at the world around us; a contemplation of life and people dynamics.