nothing says hope quite like flowers growing through the cracks in concrete
‘Toy Stories’ is the result of an 18 month round the world trip where Galimberti visited a variety of countries and cultures and took photographs of children and their toys. Galimberti would often take part in a child’s games prior to arranging the toys for the photograph. He says:
“The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them […] In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”
Despite some differences, Galimberti found similarities between children living worlds apart. Even in different countries, some children’s toys played the same function: protecting them from dangers and things they feared in the night.
The Italian photographer also found that many children were attached to toys that reflected the world that surrounded them in their particular area. A boy from an affluent Beijing family loves Monopoly because he enjoys the idea of building houses and hotels, while another young boy living in rural Mexico loves trucks because they travel through his village on the way to the sugar plantation everyday.
A lovely point Galimberti made about his experience was that toys haven’t changed all that much since he was a kid.
“I’d often find the kind of toys I used to have,” he says. “It was nice to go back to my childhood somehow.”
best day/worst day, 2013
black and white prints from 35mm negatives
subjects were recorded and photographed after being asked to talk about the best and worst day of their life in as much detail as possible. everyone was willing to reveal with words, but not everyone was willing to reveal with body language and facial expression. some people were uncomfortable and couldn’t finish the roll of film while others talked long after i was done shooting.
i was curious to see how much people would tell me without knowing any information about my best or worst day, and was surprised to find that it didn’t matter. i think people are private, but still looking for an excuse to just say things out loud.
Afghan refugee Hasanat Mohammed, 5, poses for a picture while standing outside his home in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Nov. 12, 2013.
[Credit : Muhammed Muheisen/AP]
"If I had it all to do over again, I wouldn’t change a thing."
A life reflected upon.
National Geographic February 1965
In case you’re having a bad day…here are some puppies sleeping with stuffed animals.
(Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. A note on the first puppy: At 5-1/2 weeks old, Daisy was mauled by a larger dog. As a result of that attack, she lost an eye, hence the stitches. Daisy is now 6 months old and doing well!)
It’s just so…
Its a puppies with teddies kind of day.
OH M Y GOD CUTE CUTE ABORT
well. dead now.
"There are many different tribal dialects spoken in Uganda."
"What tribe did you descend from?"
"I’m half Alur, and half Lugbara. Both tribes settled along the West Nile in Uganda. The Alur are found in the Congo as well."
"Can you tell me something The Alur are known for?"
"Our men are very brave. Though their egos could use a little work."
"Yesterday she hugged everyone at Fenway Park. She hugged and kissed one woman so much that in the end the woman had to come and give me a hug."
literally me talking about this show