Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Children of Middlefield

'... unburdened by worldly cares, unfettered by learning, free of ingrained habit, negligent of time, the child is open to the world.'

(Yi-Fu Tuan, Topophilia: a study of environmental perception : attitudes and values, Dept. of Geography, University of Minnesota, 1972, pp70-71)

'... lacking social awareness, his perception of the environment is not "tainted" by social considerations. He has not acquired that selective vision that distinguishes the beauty of the flowers from that of the weeds.'

(Colin Ward,  The Child in the City, Penguin Books, 1979, pp.23-24)

These images are details from photographs of the Middlefield Lane estate taken in the early 1970s. They are reproduced here courtesy of Paul Kemp.