Here at HIP, we're convinced that photographs of children have something special to tell us about how the photographic medium functions. From staged portraits to silly snapshots, children just seem a little less guarded when they interact with a camera. Unlike adults, who are busy posing in an effort to cultivate a particular image of themselves and their lives, children appear so carefree and unafraid. Something about that lack of fear and contrivance creates a photograph that just feels more authentic. Photographs of children make us feel as if we're getting a real window in another life, rather than just another pose or mask. Whether these photographs are actually more honest than others is a question that we can't quite answer, but the fact that they feel more honest -- well, that feeling speaks volumes about us, the viewers. Once again, photographs become a mirror for the observer rather than a window into the world. For that revelation, we thank the children.