Childhood in the world of 2020 – A photo series.
The youth are the future and they are showing up and speaking up for all to hear! This project is one filled with awe for the strength and wisdom that our youth hold and to recognize the power that they possess as they experience and adapt to all that is happening in this world. As if being a kid isn’t challenging enough without all of the current events to take things up a thousand notches!
Sharing our stories reminds us that we are not alone, our community encourages us and uplifts us, this is a way for young people near and far to share their voice and perspectives with each other and the world.
Meet eight-year-old Manhattanite Emperor who is in 4th grade.
Emperor is an artist & art critic and has been going to galleries and museums since he was a baby. The children’s museum of the arts, in lower Manhattan, is one of Emperor’s favourites.
The young man’s passions include a love of his 18 lbs rescue cat Stryker who he taught to use the toilet, playing baseball (which he missed horribly this year), snowboarding, rollerblading (which he learned during the stay at home order and has mastered) BMX biking, motorcycles and attending races of any kind using wheels.
During the COVID-19 lockdown, Emperor started to use zoom to see friends and family after telling his mom that he felt very sad due to school closings and not being able to play with his friends. Emperor also started listening to K-love, a positive and encouraging radio station that didn’t have depressing COVID-19 stats, reading lots of mystery and history books, building LEGO sets to keep him occupied and to help stay positive. Emperor also takes a number of classes online via Varsity tutors and loves the history, photography, space exploration, comedy, lego and movie making classes.
Some of Emperor’s Artwork
To keep up to date with Emperor, follow @emperorkaioyus
We The Kids is a collaboration with Meg Stacker-King. You can keep up to date with Meg on Instagram @MegStackerKing.
View Megs photography work here.
View Meg’s ‘We Are Gen Z’ featuring Princeton and Gaby in the latest issue of Tangereene Magazine HERE.
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