In The Playroom

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The Twins

In the Playroom, created by Jonathan Hobin, an award-winning photographer and art director, is a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media. The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in my images through tableau-vivant e-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play.


Hobin’s photographic work draws on iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker—or at the very least, the more troubling-aspects of childhood, imagination and storytelling.

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Vegas wedding

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The saints

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Spring break

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Seal heart

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Diana dead

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Dear leader

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Boxing day

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American ldol

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A boo grave

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39 Lashes

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White nights

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