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Photographer Hideaki Hamada has been taking photos of his two children, Haru and Mina, since the day they were born. Those photos are the subject of a recent photobook that Hamada has published. But many of us have kids. And almost all of us take pictures of them. So what make’s Hamada’s photos so special? Well, it’s not so much his adorable kids, but the moment and emotion of specific moments that Hamada wants to share.

“My children are not only my little darlings but off-shoots of myself,” says Hamada. “When I look at them, I have a strange feeling – as if I am watching myself re-living my life.” But looking at the playful kids exploring their surroundings, I think what Hamada wants us to discover is that little memory of our own childhoods. You can pre-order his book (2,970 yen) right here. You can also see more of his work on flickr and Instagram.

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