When James Mollison was asked to show the world the truth about children's rights, he found himself thinking back to his childhood bedroom and the deep importance it played in his upbringing. Taking that idea with him around the world, he photographed a diverse cross section of children and the bedrooms they call home. His moving images remove the children from their home environment, showing them before a neutral background that mostly hides their economic status as if to say “kids are just kids.” Only when their bedroom is observed, however, does the full scope of their living situation become poignantly clear. Where Children Sleep, a beautiful hardcover book featuring 112 color photographs is now available from chrisboot.com.
These images left me swelling with rage, sadness, and disbelief. Even the picture of the beauty queen left me with a stale feeling of despair... the juxtaposition of her outfit and ridiculous amount of crowns next to the others made me feel like she was left with less opportunities and self worth, as if it all equates to the amount of make up she wears.
I have a strange sense of "humanitarian urgency" when it comes to situations like this... I just wish I knew what I could do, or where to begin.