The man in the image, and he is a man and there are qualifications for being a man, is a true warrior. I can see it in his innocence as he dips to meet the child. He is a child and he is not avoiding but embracing his childhood and that is a difference between a man and a boy. He understands the place of the child within and embraces and expresses that child within and for his greater purpose.
And the child…the child in his natural state of love, striving, gentle, precise, delicate. Why is this image so beautiful to me?
The man has preserved a sense of softness, so much so that he’s not just able to express it but he’s able to express it in the context of the “arena”. He’s built the character to express tenderness in a world of chaos and might, where tenderness gets you smashed. He is exhibiting what I would say is the true warrior nature.