YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT SPECIAL
The statement that the children of most people are not special is not a criticism or a value judgment on the
individual worth of each child or young person. Rather, it is an observation based on statistics and social
It is true that each person is unique and special in their own way, with unique abilities, talents, and
personality traits. However, in terms of the population at large, most people do not stand out above
average in terms of intelligence, social skills, or outstanding talents.
“Your children are not special” emerged from a baby boom around me. There was a moment when friends
and coworkers only talked about the wonderful things their children were doing. I perfectly understand
the unconditional love that one can have for their offspring. But narrating as heroic feats walking or
eating without help is absurd. Because of that we grow up with the conviction that we will achieve
whatever we set our minds to. Since childhood, we hear our parents encouraging and praising even our
I decided to take three men and three women for this project. To show that we are all anonymous in this
society, some photographers, actresses, graphic designers, even an Olympic gymnast, covered their faces
with masks. No matter what we do, we can be anything we want to be. It’s not about who you are, where
you go or what you get that matters. The most important thing is to enjoy what you do.
We are invited to reflect on the importance of personal identity and the culture of constant exposure
through the photography project on anonymity. It shows us the power and beauty of anonymity through
images, and invites us to see life from a different perspective without judgement or prejudice, simply
letting the moment carry us away.
Maybe anonymity has become a form of rebellion against a culture that is increasingly obsessed with
image and identity.