A Curious Mind

28 July 2017

Photographer Jade Danielle Smith
Words Hedvig Werner
Model Luis at Named Models

What was that sound - you know - how those branches were subtly beating at your window this morning? It was comforting, maybe? Who was that boy sitting opposite of you on the tube earlier? His eyes looked awfully melancholic – what's stirring in his mind? It's important to see the people around you, but then I mean, really see them. Did you call your mum this week? She would probably appreciate an 'I love you' today. The minor details in the mixture of the greater sea of commotion impact the flow of things, so be curious - pay attention. Luis at Named Models is the epitome of that curiosity in this black and white image series by Jade Danielle Smith.

Take notice of that stick, throw it, step on it - watch how it flies through the open sky. Pay attention to how the ground dampens the slight sound resonating from the stick’s impact on earth. Welcome any creature willing to interact - you never know how you might mature from an exchange. Wisdom is fueled by experience, however experience derives from childlike curiosity. Jade captures Luis running freely across the fields - leaving no stick untouched and stone unturned. Everything is invigorating and pristine to uncover for him. There is no grain of discomfort. No frown of worry. No judgment. At the backdrop of serenity, what is left is the drive of a boy’s pure and curious mind.

It’s easily forgotten that life is an affair that is yet to be experienced. Adulthood can only be achieved by accepting the presence of an inner child. A neglected inner child might just unnoticeably escape through your fingers one day. That might be the moment you forfeit the ability to reflect wisely, as there is always a curious Luis behind every wise man.

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