I follow several photographers who participate in the 365 Day photo project. They post remarkable images. Sometimes, they post photographs that aren’t just technically great or clever or dramatic. These are the photographs that I remember. One man posted a photograph of his sleeping daughter. That touched me because he was secure enough to do it. He undoubtedly knew that nobody cares about photographs of our sleeping children. We adore them, but we know that everybody has his own adorable, sleeping child. So we resist the urge to share ours.
When I encounter one of these Sleeping Children, as I have come to call the photographs of them, I always smile. If there is a universal image that touches the heart of every living soul on this planet, it has to be the image of a sleeping child. Perhaps, that image represents the best of who we are as humans. It evokes a purity of emotion like no other.
Here’s to all of the Sleeping Children. The fate of humanity resides in their dreams.