I check out PDN’s photo of the day pretty much… well, daily. Yesterday, Colby Katz was the subject – specifically, a project of hers where she’s taking behind-the scenes photos of beauty pageants. Did that bring you images of Miss USA or Miss America?
Oh no, not that wholesome. No, these are pics of child beauty pageants.
I can only describe what I see as disturbing. Putting 5-year old girls through bathing suit competitions? I have a 4-year old daughter (who would doubtlessly love the dressup part of this), and I can’t help but wonder: what the hell is wrong with you people?
As I read through the article, I started to think back to my own past. Lorna, a supervisor where I used to work – she was into these. Travelled with her family all over. They loved it, near as I could tell. When the JonBenet Ramsey tragedy unfolded, I remember being told that it’s a huge thing in the south. Lots of southerners in Alaska – I suppose it’s good for keeping perspective.
But now as a father and photographer, I am left with unsettled disgust.