Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where Children Sleep / Project by James Mollison

"Mr. Mollison’s new book, “Where Children Sleep,” had its origins in a project undertaken for a children’s charity several years ago. As he considered how to represent needy children around the world, he wanted to avoid the common devices: pleading eyes, toothless smiles. When he visualized his own childhood, he realized that his bedroom said a lot about what sort of life he led. So he set out to find others."

My friend just sent me this article from the NY Times. During my freshman year of college in a color photography class I went around and took photographs of people within their personal spaces with the idea of letting their physical features and character play off of the things they surround themselves with, which I think is really important. I love the idea of this project and how it differs from those like it. I enjoy the idea of where it stemmed from- and Mollison's thoughts on his own childhood bedroom being telling of his own being- and that it has become so big and important in a way that it comments on poverty in different countries and cities, child labor ages and laws, popular culture and its effect on children, and so much more. The comparison of the child on a stark white background (but still in their apparel of choice) next to a separate photograph of their bedroom is really nice and still shows strong connections between the images.

Like the article says, view the images as large as possible in a thread- it is a very powerful story.

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