Childhood is an essential part of life, but it's also a vastly different experience for kids in different parts of the world. If you were born to a decent family in the United States, you've probably grown up taking a lot of things for granted (electricity, running water, education, to name a few) that kids in other places might consider a luxury.
When photographer James Mollison was tasked with coming up with an idea to help spread awareness of children's rights, his mind went to his childhood bedroom. That room was so significant to his childhood, and he felt it was a major reflection of what he and his life were like as a kid.
His project, Where Children Sleep, collects photos of children and their bedrooms from all over the world in order to tell their stories.
Bilal, 6 - Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Indira, 7 - Kathmandu, Nepal
Ahkohxet, 8 - Amazonia, Brazil
Dong, 9 - Yunnan, China
Anonymous, 9 - Ivory Coast
Alex, 9 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bikram, 9 - Melamchi, Nepal
Tzvika, 9 - Beitar Illit, The West Bank
Douha, 10 - Hebron, The West Bank
Joey, 11 - Kentucky, USA
Lamine, 12 - Bounkiling Village, Senegal
Rhiannon, 14 - Darvel, Scotland
Risa, 15 - Kyoto, Japan
Netu, 11 - Kathmandu, Nepal
In the book (available here), each photo is accompanied by an extended caption that tells each child's story in more detail.
"It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances," says Mollison. "From the start, I didn’t want it just to be about ‘needy children’ in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations."
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, I'd have to wholeheartedly agree.
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