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Dad's Beautiful Photos Reveal The Wonder of Childhood

Mar 07, 2014 | Updated Mar 07, 2014

To remember the wonder of the world, one only needs to remember childhood.

Such a reminder exists in French photographer Alain Laboile's stunning collection, "La Famille." The photo album captures his six children at their bucolic home, where sticks become swords, antlers become crowns and wild animals become the best of friends.

Because his children vary in age, the collection navigates the vast landscape of growing up -- from bathing in a suds bucket to applying eyeliner at the breakfast table.

"Day to day I create a family album that constitutes a legacy that I will pass on to my children," wrote Laboile in a statement about the collection. "My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood."

The Laboile family's way of life appears to be a blissfully chaotic one filled with adventure, imagination and running naked through the mud. And though elements like the child nudity in the collection may raise questions, it seems that was just what Laboile intended.

"Fed everyday and shared with the world via the Internet, my photographic production has become a mean of communication, leading to a questioning about freedom, nudity, being and having," he wrote.

Take a look at Laboile's collection below, or see it in person at dnj Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif.

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