What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?
Mann shares with her readers glimpses into the life of her family and its children. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland home in Virginia, these photos reveal a family so familiar and comfortable with their familial roles that only the photographer seems concerned with the nuances that shape these lives. We, as readers, feel like family members as we share the unposed events that define this family. Sally Mann's three children, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia, experience the type of clothing optional, adventurous, and playful childhood that seems almost utopian.