Fearful Fascination, photograph by Jake Phlieger
When I was a young child a little girl called Fiona Harvey was kidnapped from the same town where I lived. Parents of that town - my parents, my friends' parents - clamped down on our freedom out of concern for our safety and taught us about "stranger danger" - as well they should have. I still walked home from school almost every single day, but things had changed.
My fears grew slowly. I travelled to the UK and felt able to take risks I wouldn't have dared to in the place where I grew up. I lost more innocence, not because I took those risks, but because others felt entitled to abuse my naivety simply because I had it. I took a lot of supposedly far bigger risks that had no negative consequences for me at all. Continue reading »