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28 Dec 2012

A Photo Essay

I just came across this provocative photo essay by James Mollison. He photographed children's bedrooms from around the world. What really struck me was the disparity in wealth, but it also made me wonder about the differences in families' values and priorities. I think it speaks volumes about the state our world.

Click on the image below to have a look at Mollison's photos. They're amazing.


  1. It's hard to even know what to say. The children of our world live in some extremely sad situations.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. My first thought was that I don't know what to say either. Oh my goodness!

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Barbara. His work reminds me a lot of Peter Menzel-- author of Hungry Planet and Material World... highly recommend both of the books!

    EduKate and Inspire

  4. Wow! What disparity there is in the world. It makes me feel very blessed to be able to provide rooms for each of my children, and that those children are grateful for what they have! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I can't wait to check out these photos. One of my favorite books is one that documents families around the world and the groceries they eat. http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html

    First in Maine

  6. As Kate said, this reminds me of the book Material World. That book had a profound effect on how I thought of possessions.

  7. As Kate said, this reminds me of the book Material World. That book had a profound effect on how I thought of possessions.

  8. I read this article some time ago and was stunned at what those pictures portrayed. I even showed it to my daughters. We live in such a materialistic society, and it does make you think about the huge differences in children throughout the world.

    Surfin' Through Second

  9. Amazing photographs that make you look inward and ask yourself questions about what's important. It also makes me thank God for the United States of America and all that I have.

    The Resourceful Apple

  10. Wow - it reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for...God bless u in 2013 my friend.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  11. They're pretty amazing photos, aren't they! Mollison really makes you think.
    Thanks for all the comments, friends!

  12. I've seen this before, it made me really think about all the frivolous "things" I have. I think I will do what Corrina did and share it with my duaghter. Thanks for sharing.

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  13. Wow. Sad. :( I would call it child labor (it probably still is), but the definition is that they don't go to school and work all day (or so). Still sad. :(

  14. Wow. Really puts things into perspective doesn't it? Good for families in our country to see.
    Conversations in Literacy

  15. The first thing that came to my head was "wow," too! It is hard to put it into words, isn't it? Thank you for sharing.

    Teach On.

  16. Thanks for sharing this - it was brain rattling.

    rubberboots and elf shoes

  17. I also thank you for sharing this-really eye-opening. I am going to share some of the pics with my students-I don't think they realize how lucky they are.



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