By Katy Cowan
Imagine a childhood without TV or electronic devices. Running around the local fields, climbing trees and making best use of surrounding nature for playtime – instead of staying indoors and staring at flashing screens. For photographer Niki Boon, she provides a simple life for her children in rural New Zealand.
Living on a 10 acre property surrounded by rivers, coastline, bush and hills – her children are unschooled and live without TV or modern electronic devises, a lifestyle that may seem unconventional to some, but is deemed normal for her. She enjoys documenting what they get up to, without any modern technology or devices.
She explains: “I document their days, together, in an environment full of nature and uninhibited play. I photograph as physical record of their childhood, life as it is… the real… but also as a reflection of a childhood rooted deep in my own past – a most sincere place of freedom – a childhood I now pass on to my own children. Although deeply personal, I believe that others will also connect to some aspect of their own childhood.
“I believe my children are right where they belong covered in mud, running and living through nature. They belong here wild and free and earth connected in a way where the landscape begins and their little souls end.”
Niki is a former physiotherapist, mother and self-taught photographer, living with her family in rural Marlborough, New Zealand. Her photography focuses on her family and the environment. Discover more at www.nikiboonphotos.com.
All images courtesy of Niki Boon