Preschool Pocket Treasures: An Image Gallery

Photographer Melissa Kaseman shares her photographic archive of the magical and often tiny objects she found stuffed in her son Calder’s pockets after each day at preschool.


I have always been drawn to photography’s capacity to suspend fleeting moments of transition and change. These moments are often overlooked, left only to be sensed when a memory is triggered, or forgotten. This project was born out of a desire to capture this chapter of my son’s boyhood and development, and to create a visual journal of his imagination. The magic of childhood is so fleeting and these objects in Calder’s pockets represent the excitement of finding a “treasure.” The photographs show the traces of play from this part of his life—when play was at the forefront of his existence and development. As a mother and an artist, I wanted to document this time knowing that as he grows up his daily life in school will be consumed with homework and technology. I wanted to create a record and a reminder for him of the inspiration that comes with play and imagination.


No. 8, May 11, 2015


No. 10, May 12, 2015


No. 18, May 28, 2015


No. 22, June 8, 2015


No. 26, June 25, 2015


No. 27, July 8, 2015


No. 45, April 28, 2016


No. 51, June 5, 2016
About Melissa Kaseman

Melissa Kaseman is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Portland, Oregon; San Francisco; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was an artist in residence at Minot State University in her hometown of Minot, North Dakota.

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