Adorable photos show what preschoolers keep in their pockets

Courtesy Melissa KasemanPhotographer Melissa Kaseman found all sorts of ‘treasures’ in her son’s pockets.

The INSIDER Summary:

• Melissa Kaseman took photos of what she found in her son’s pockets after a day at preschool.
• She noticed he had picked up elements of her own artistic style.
• She sees “Preschool Pocket Treasures” as a portrait of that stage of her son’s life.


When Melissa Kaseman would empty her son’s pockets after a day at preschool, she found an assortment of toys, art supplies, flowers, and crumpled pieces of paper. As a photographer whose minimalist style focuses on colour, she knew better than to throw them away.

Her photos series, “Preschool Pocket Treasures,” captures the whimsy of looking at the world through a child’s eyes, where collections of random, ordinary objects are prized possessions.

Kaseman spoke to INSIDER via email about this creative portrait of her preschooler’s imagination.

Melissa Kaseman is a Seattle-based photographer.

She studied photography at California College of the Arts and Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in the Netherlands.

She usually photographs interiors and architecture, as well as portraits.

But when her son, Calder, was in preschool, she turned her camera on the odds and ends he would bring home each day.

The noticed that the items she found in his pockets were often in the same colour palette, or similar in texture.

She thinks her eye for colour and organisation may have rubbed off on him.

'When I started finding these objects, it made me see there is a lot of me in him in the way he notices the world,' she said.

She described her style of photography as 'minimalist' and 'with details of colour.'

The contents of Calder's pockets were a perfect fit.

Kaseman wanted to use her photos as a way to document that stage of his life.

'The magic of childhood is so fleeting, and these objects I kept finding in Calder's pockets represent a chapter of boyhood, his imagination, and the magic of a finding a 'treasure,'' she said.

'You can document a time and create a 'portrait' of someone without having to be so literal.'

She's not exactly sure why Calder and kids his age love collecting bits and baubles.

But Kaseman said her son is very proud of the project.

He has more than one reason to be -- 'Preschool Pocket Treasures' won an award through the CENTER in Santa Fe.

She hopes that the series reveals a bit of magic in the mundane, and that Calder will continue to find new treasures.

'I hope he carries the wonderment of discovery throughout his life,' she said.

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