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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Thomas Balmès’ Babies underscores the ways each of our paths diverge as we interact with the adult world of created culture. Hattie lolling in the family’s San Francisco rooftop hot tub, and Ponijao in a stream in the Namibian bush. The babies couldn’t be more alike, or their parents more different. By juxtaposing these two undeniable realities against each other, Babies shows us what we are. Hattie’s San Francisco parents are filmed in the shower and in the tub. Ponijao’s parents don’t bathe. The desert-dwelling Himba are famous for never washing, even after childbirth. In order to mask body odor, they apply strong-smelling substances to their bodies.