Every now and again I come across an interesting photography series that for one reason or another I feel compelled to share.
A few years ago I posted about the Creative Photographer Dad who captured silly and mischievous scenes with his two daughters. Then there was Mila’s Daydreams where photographer mom created mini vignettes of her sleeping baby in whimsical scenes. Both super light-hearted and fun!
More recently I came across a series by James Mollison called Where Children Sleep where he photographed children around the world and shared their stories told through their portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. This photographic essay captures the lives of children in various circumstances and brings to light the fact that children around the world live life so differently from one another.
Similarly the series, Toy Stories by Gabriele Galimberti captures photographs of children surrounded by their favourite toys. Through the Toy Stories project, Galimberti discovered that play is universal but how children play and how they regard their toys is what differed:
“The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them.”
Another very interesting revelation by Galimberti was that “the toys on display reveal the hopes and ambitions of the people who bought them in the first place” bringing to light that it’s the parents that shape and form children’s attitudes towards their belongings.
These photographic series are not only depictions of children and their environments but they also provide data on the state of our social conditioning of children which I find very fascinating.
This next series, by photographer Judy Gelles, explores stories of children through a combination of their answers to questions and their personalities as seen through a photograph of them taking a stance, while not showing their faces. The questions asked were: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?
It’s another glimpse into the lives of children but this time gives us further insight into how they (the children) view the world and the value placed on family which is seen and felt in each response.
I’m extremely inspired by these photographic series, essays, statements.. whatever we choose to call them. They have me thinking about a series of my own.. hmm..