Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Where Children Sleep

I'm not pretending to be an art critic or that I know anything about photography or what makes a good composition---but there is...something about these photos that strikes a cord.
I feel like children are more capable of showing us things than we would like to admit...seeing the world at glimpses through innocent eyes is a gift. 
And a very difficult one at times.  
These images were captured and presented to us by photographer James Mollison 
in his project [turned book],  Where Children Sleep
It makes me think back to some of my many bedrooms.  
Some with and some without furniture.  One cardboard dresser, one single mattress.  A set of plastic shelves.
Another- a nice cherry wood dresser and a full sized bed.  
I know one thing, I never let that cardboard dresser define who I was.

[I've only listed a selection of images, to see more, please visit the link above or here for a more comprehensive view]

 Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

 Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, USA

 Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Where Children Sleep - stories of diverse children around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children's rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. 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. 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. It seemed to make sense to photograph the children themselves, too, but separately from their bedrooms, using a neutral background. My thinking was that the bedroom pictures would be inscribed with the children's material and cultural circumstances ' the details that inevitably mark people apart from each other ' while the children themselves would appear in the set of portraits as individuals, as equals ' just as children. This is a selection from the 56 diptychs in the book (Chris Boot November 2010). The book is written and presented for an audience of 9-13 year olds ' intended to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience.