Today, I stumbled across a project completed by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti. He travelled the world for 18 months and photographed children with their most prized possessions/toys. He then composed an album that highlighted the blatant contrast of living conditions around the world. Here are few of what I found to be some of the most striking photos.
Here is a link to his album: http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects/toys-2/
By viewing these pictures, it is easy to notice that they portray a striking inequality of income between children photographed from different parts of the world. Some pictures featured children surrounded by mountains of toys in beautifully decorated rooms, while others proudly displayed their favourite worn out dinosaur or race car in makeshift tents or crummy rooms.
However, if you were to take a second thorough look at the pictures, you will be able to find more similarities than differences. The subject of the project seemed to unite all kids of different backgrounds as they all were given the chance to display their favourite toys or possessions. All the children featured throughout the album, regardless of the expenses or simplicity of their possessions enjoyed the same feeling of joy and happiness as they spent a few minutes a day playing with these toys.
In fact, when Galimberti was asked about his project, he spoke of a girl in Malawi and a boy in Texas, who both used their dinosaurs to protect them from “danger”. Similarly, he stated that all children’s choices in toys were influenced by their parent’s professions or surrounding environments.
Do similarities matter?
YES, instead of drawing a distinction between children around the world, we should attempt to link them through their similarities. Maybe once the world is viewed more as “one”, more compassion for those suffering would be created. It is important to remember that children are usually the biggest victims of conflict while being only innocent bystanders. They do not instigate conflict, do not plan military coups, and do not hide nuclear weapons. However, they usually end up paying the price for the action of the “adults” of the world.
Next time you see a child suffering from the side effects to war, conflict, hunger etc. do not remove yourself from the situation or consider them to be “different” than you or your children. Just remember what Galimberti said “Children are all the same, they just want to play”.
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