Photographer James Mallison wanted to capture the diversity of living situations all over the world. So instead of just taking pictures of housing areas or slums, he went a bit deeper and discovered that he can portray the same theme through children’s bedrooms, and unfortunately more often than not, the lack of a proper bedroom as well.
The ‘Where Children Sleep’ photo series really shows the diversity and how different people’s lives can be. Just by looking at the bedrooms, we can immediately acknowledge how they spend their childhood, the socioeconomic status they live in, their interests, upbringing, and more. This project also raises awareness on certain issues like poverty and also the welfare of children.
Here are 20 photographs that James took:
Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan
Lehlohonolo, 6, Lesotho
Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya
Jaime, 9, New York, USA
Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan
Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland
Erlen, 14, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jazzy, 4, Kentucky, USA
Roathy, 8, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Anonymous, 4, Rome, Italy
Douha, 10, Hebron, West Bank
Juan David,10, Medellin, Colombia
Lamine, 12, Bounkiling Village, Senegal
Hang, 5, Beijing, China
Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dong, 9, Yunnan, China
Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA
Syra, 8, Iwol, Senegal
Find the full collection here.
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