” ‘Maybe there is a beast….maybe it’s only us.’ ” | William Golding, Lord of the Flies
“Wild thing, you make my heart sing” | The Troggs
Our cultural response to males behaving badly is “boys will be boys”. I often witness my sons’ affection for aggressive play with undertones of power, violence, and sex. I’m also struck by their raw tenderness and their fascination with nature.
As a mother, I struggle with this behavioral dichotomy. I frequently find myself pondering essential parental questions regarding nature versus nurture, and these images document my conflicted concern over and adoration of their wild spirit.