Childhood and innocence have been themes in Ruud van Empel’s work for more than a decade, but despite his sweet subjects, his images evoke an uncanny feeling. Carefully constructed in Photoshop from elements in photos that van Empel takes or collects, the images depict boys and girls posed among flowers or against rich backdrops, dressed in vintage styles that recall van Empel’s 1960s youth in the Netherlands. 

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