Another early digital composite the water and land mass are from photographs the boy is from a sketchbook and I used software to blend the elements together and added effects.
There are no other people in the image, intentionally, to show the boy’s level of independence and his ability to master both himself and his environment without adult help or interference. In American society, boys are given the privilege of independence while girls are not. If boys navigate their childhood time well, they have increased confidence and are open to new (better, and more exciting) challenges. If they do not navigate well because the challenges or dangers were too great they can expect little sympathy or help from others. It can make them both aggressive and fearful. They feel like failures, not manly enough – even though their inability to do something might have been completely out of their sphere of control.
On the other side of the pink-blue divide, girls rarely get the chance to test their independence because they are helped and assisted even as toddlers with any number of simple play tasks. Girls are often discouraged from physical activity and frequently dressed in ways that decreases their ability to master their own bodies let alone their physical environment. In addition, the dangers of being female-bodied in American society ensures that girls are not given time to play or explore freely.
It’s good to be King.