If kids had Hollywood budgets instead of crayons

If you have kids (or just know any), you’ve probably had to fake an appreciative understanding of their early artistic efforts — spotting the difference between the talking cow and the spaceship, the belabored self-portrait and the delightfully random scribbling outside the lines. Now that delicate work of diplomatic interpretation has become the basis of an art project by Korean artist Yeondoo Jung, whose Wonderland series of photographs re-creates children’s drawings as high-concept, elaborately staged, sweetly surreal photo shoots.

Jung collected more than 1,000 drawings from South Korean children between the ages of 5 and 7. He then winnowed those drawings down to a small selection of favorites, which he used to stage the large-scale shoots that burst with vivid colors and outlandish costumes (check out the broom-riding wizard in The Magician Turned the Wale Into a Flower). It’s like seeing the raw creative vision of a 7-year-old — but, thanks to the power of props, models, and professional photography, everything in the drawings becomes perfectly, charmingly clear.

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If kids had Hollywood budgets instead of crayons