Months ago, the talented Venice based photographer James Mollison released a project under the name “Where Children Sleep”. The project shows children and their bedrooms around the world, to better illustrate cultural similarities and differences.

The photos are now available as a book, taking us inside children’s bedrooms around the world, considering the idea that our childhood bedrooms say a lot.

Mr. Mollison talked about his idea saying:

‘I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was, it occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances.’

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan

Risa, 15, Kyoto, Japan

Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal

Lamine, 12, Bounkiling village, Senegal

Netu, 11, Kathmandu, Nepal

Netu, 11, Kathmandu, Nepal

Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Bikram, 9, Melamchi, Nepal

Bikram, 9, Melamchi, Nepal

Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland

Rhiannon, 14, Darvel, Scotland

Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank

Douha, 10, Hebron, The West Bank

Ryuta, 10, Tokyo, Japan

Ryuta, 10, Tokyo, Japan

Juan David, 10, Medellin, Colombia

Juan David, 10, Medellin, Colombia

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Kana, 16, Tokyo, Japan

Kana, 16, Tokyo, Japan

Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

Prena, 14, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prena, 14, Kathmandu, Nepal

Thais, 11, City of God, Brazil

Thais, 11, City of God, Brazil

Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank

Tzvika, 9, Beitar Illit, The West Bank

Li, 10, Beijing, China

Li, 10, Beijing, China

Delanie, 9, New Jersey, USA

Delanie, 9, New Jersey, USA

Anonymous, 4, Rome, Italy

Anonymous, 4, Rome, Italy

Justin, 8, New Jersey, USA

Justin, 8, New Jersey, USA

Ryan, 13, Pennsylvania, USA

Ryan, 13, Pennsylvania, USA

Jyoti, 14, Makwanpur, Nepal

Jyoti, 14, Makwanpur, Nepal

Lay Lay, 4, Mae Sot, Thailand

Lay Lay, 4, Mae Sot, Thailand

Syra, 8, Iwol, Senegal

Syra, 8, Iwol, Senegal

Jivan, 4, New York, USA

Jivan, 4, New York, USA

 

We are all brothers and sisters in humanity. We all need somewhere to rest our heads at night, and we are all share many of the same amazing human talents. Although how we look, how we live, how we choose to define ourselves may vary: we are all human. We all share this world together with our common futures entwined. Hopefully these pictures help people see how human, how similar, and yet how superficially different we all are.

Further Resources:

1. Where Children Sleep photographs from around the world

2. Interview with James Mollison