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  • By Mark Baldock
    Feb 4, 2009
    ‘Age 9’ by Jenny Ballard is a powerful snapshot into the life for a two 9 year old girls, and one of their younger brothers. The book looks primarily at how fast the children in today’s culture grow up, and wish for maturity. The book is well composed, switching between full-page images, and smaller images that also contain small captions, which were given to the photographer in an interview before the images were shot. The book has a nice flow to it, with this layout and format of the images giving good movement as you progress through. The style of the photographs throughout the book could be seen as a very casual, almost snapshot style of image; and whilst in many cases this type of image wouldn’t work in a publication, in ‘Age 9’ it really helps with increasing the informal mood of the book. The captions help to reinforce the book’s main theme, with snippets of the interviews sounding scarily so much older than the children appear in the images, ‘I don’t eating carbs, but mum... More > makes me.’ Although dealing with a very serious matter, the book does have something of a sense of humour about it; with images of the children laughing and playing in the sun this shows that they still do have an essence of childhood about them. Whilst this could almost be seen as a slight confusion between the book meaning and actual images, I think that it helps to humanise them, and create a much better rapport with the viewer. Mark Baldock< Less
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Product Details

first edition
Jennifer Ballard
November 28, 2008
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.22 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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