Photography Project

by Lina on July 4, 2013

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.

Photographic Series,

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.

Photographic Series,

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.

Photographic Series by Judy Gelles,

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?

Photographic Series by Judy Gelles,

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..

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Kate - An Everyday Story July 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

Gosh they are really eye-opening, aren’t they? I found Where Children Sleep quite confronting and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing these.

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Lina July 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

They really are eye-opening! Thanks for stopping by Kate and leaving a comment!


Adam July 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

Lina – these are great windows into the minds and lives of kids. Thank you for sharing.

Have you seen the Lost in Learning photo series? Thought you may find it intriguing as rather than approach childhood directly, it looks at the great creative minds of the Renaissance and then relates their gifts and to the universal genius of kids and the child in each of us.

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Lina July 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for stopping by Adam! No, I haven’t seen that series. Please post a link!


Nichole July 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

I really enjoyed the Toy Stories series. I found it most interesting the juxaposition between the developing and developed worlds. It proved a great reminder that our children don’t need a great many of the things we give them to be happy, that they mostly just need us.
The Creative Dad series was so sweet – love that one.

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