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His 2-year-old daughter, Stella, completely naked, jumps on an unmade motel bed, joy blooming across her face.
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You may have even posted a photo just like it of your own. Or maybe you shared a snapshot of your little one, frolicking outside, lifting her dress — in that unselfconscious way every toddler does. Neumann, a professional photographer, posted these and more on Instagram.
Many of the ensuing comments were profanity-laced.
The nude photos are gross and disturbing. He accompanies each photo with his original Instagram caption — usually with the hashtag dadlife — and a comment from a complete stranger.
It is an extreme iteration of the more judgmental and moralistic strains we encounter in modern parenting. And yet, the photos raise an interesting question about how much we share about our kids on social media. Neumann happens to be an award-winning fine art photographer with commercial clients like Reebok and Visa.
Pictures like the one of his daughter sitting between his legs in a bathtub might trigger a twinge of discomfort for the candidness and intimacy they capture. The roadtrip photos — Stella in her carseat; Stella using a portable training potty at a roide pitstop; Stella eating barbeque — were first posted to his Instagram .
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From there the images made their way to the online message board Get Off My Internets. And then came the hate: Parenting trolls descended with a vengeance, flagging so many of his pictures that his was suspended mid-roadtrip — 6, photos gone — but not before flooding his posts and inbox with hate speech and insults. It was clearly too much for some to stomach. And maybe there is something slightly tragic to be said about the Internet having conditioned us all to look at things through smut-colored glasses.
But there are multiple references to pedophiles in the Instagram comments to his photos. In the worst instances, commenters have accused Neumann of trading in kiddie porn. Rather than retreat, I pushed forward and turned it into a beautiful art show. Anyone with has hundreds of these kinds of snapshots on a smartphone.
When they were younger I might have shared a bathtub shot or two, or one of them copping a potty-training squat. Harmless stuff. But even then, it would have most likely been on Facebook where at least I am given the illusion that I can control who has access to the pictures. Neumann, whose own father died before he could get to know him, errs on the side of openness. My life with my father is something I lived through in photos.
I got to know him through the artifacts he left. His work is brilliant and gorgeous—the way he captures childhood in this fleeting way.
Kids are free and magical and not inhibited by the cultural boundaries we all are. The photos he shares of Stella are striking in their intimacy and universality. His wife, Jena Cordova, told me that she would feel lucky to have one such picture from her own childhood; Stella and her older brother Takota have thousands. Also, there is a smartphone nearby streaming cartoons.
Like the comic who says what everyone is thinking but too scared to utter out loud, Neumann makes photographs of his kids as timeless as they are personal: his daughter looking tired, his daughter ecstatic, sultry, bored, human. It makes me sad for a lot of people that it would even cross their minds. I see a doting dad who happens to be a photographer with a killer eye — and, yes, a desire to share.
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Haters, as they say on the Internet and playgrounds everywhere, are gonna hate. at letters time.
Wyatt Neumann's daughter. By Brian Braiker.
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