Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and a single father.
Earlier this year, he took pictures of his two-year-old daughter, Stella, during a cross-country road trip, snapping shots of the toddler in two of her favorite outfits: a princess dress and her birthday suit.
The Internet then did what the Internet does, as numerous social media members slammed Neumann as “sick” and perverse” for featuring his child in “pornographic" poses.
He has created an exhibition (titled “I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR CHILDREN –- The Sexualization of Innocence in America”) that examines the attacks and which is meant to defend photos he considers “beautiful.”
"My kids have a whole lifetime of having body shame issues," Neumann tells The Huffington Post. "My daughter is going to have years of feeling not pretty. I want my children to have a solid foundation of self-confidence and self-worth."
Here is a look at some of Neumann's striking shots, juxtaposed with negative comments by anonymous Internet users. What do you think?
"I doubt sheâll ever be in a real school, have any real friends, or develop any real attachments to anything because that would be counterproductive to the isolation her parents probably want to keep her and her brother in. Iâll bet the only people theyâre around are their parents 'like-minded' adult friends, a healthy portion of which are probably pedophiles that theyâre too blind to see are right there waiting to get their children alone for 5 minutes." -NamelyThis, April 26, 2014 12:47pm
"I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with abused children and adults every day. I have listened to children tell me about their parents selling them for sex to buy drugs, about parents who locked them away in closets for hours at a time without food or water because they wouldnât stop crying, about parents who beat their children to within an inch of their life, just for being a child. Wyatt, you clearly hold yourself to a higher esteem than those people, but I donât. You are no better than they are."