A truly fascinating project was performed by photographer James Mollison, who has illustrated with breathtaking clarity the differences in growing up in every corner of the world. He is a very talented photographer, as you can see from his work, but this particular project was quite unique and totally ingenious.
Mollison realized that much can be ascertained about a child by taking a look at their bedroom. You can almost get to know a little boy by what action figure is displayed on their comforter and which sports teams are represented by the posters on their bedroom wall. That is the case for many children who grow up in the United States – we are a country that is blessed in regards to the luxuries many of our youth experience growing up. But many children from foreign countries have a vastly different experience.
As you scroll through these shots of children and their bedrooms, you will probably be stuck by how much you have and how little others manage to get by with. Sometimes it feels Earth-shattering when your DVR malfunctions and doesn’t record your favorite show, but in contrast, many of these precious children do not even have beds to sleep in.
Most of these children have no idea that their reality is incredibly different from that of other children around the world. They may be perfectly content with the fact that they lack a roof over their head, because that is all they’ve ever known.
“Where They Sleep” is a collection of stories of children from around the globe told through photos of their bedrooms. This was a brilliant idea and you will be glad you took a few seconds to view these candid shots.
Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal
Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil
Dong, 9, Yunnan, China
Juan David, 10, Medellin, Colombia
Ryuta, 10, Tokyo, Japan
Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA
Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast
Bikram, 9, Melamchi, Nepal
Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank
Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank
Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal
Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland
Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan
Netu, 11, Kathmandu, Nepal
H/T: Tell Me Now