Tag Archives: Childhood

Oleg Dou – Cubs

20 Jul

Curently exposed at the Senda gallery in Barcelona, Oleg Dou, an artist from Moscow, shows us his latest création: Cubs.

When he was 13 he received a computer with photoshop, so he tryed to make some fun with his friend pics. It became a passion, then in 2005 he started photography and the year after he has been spotted by Liza Fetissova. His main inspiration comes from the funeral portraits of children, curious tradition dating from the nineteenth century.

For the record, this series evokes the unease of Oleg as a child. In celebration he saw himself dressed in those ridiculous animal costumes made ​​by his mother.

He said: “I ​​could not pretend to be happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed.”

The artist decided to recreate these portraits through the discomfort and embarrassment that he felt in his childhood. Oleg tells us that all the costumes have been designed by his mother.


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More about Oleg Dou here:


Irina Werning – Back to the Future

4 Jul

Irina Werning is an photographer from Argentina who works with the project “Back the Future” where she takes pictures of people in the same position as in an old photo from their where kids. She sais herself about the project; “I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.


PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires

MATIAS IN 1977 & 2010, Uruguay

FLOR, MALE, SIL IN 1983 & 2010

IAN IN 1984 & 2010, London
IAN IN 1984 & 2010, London

Nico in 1986 & 2010, Buenos Aires
Nico in 1986 & 2010, Buenos Aires

LUCIA IN 1956 & 2010, Buenos Aires
: LUCIA IN 1956 & 2010, Buenos Aires

La Negra 1980 and 2010, Buenos Aire

Ato 1992 & 2010, Buenos Aires

MECHI IN 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires
MECHI IN 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires

TOMMY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires
TOMMY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Lulu & G in 1980 & 2010, Buenos Air

MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A
MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A

FIONA IN 1978 & 2010, London
FIONA IN 1978 & 2010, London

CECILE IN 1987 & 2010, France
CECILE IN 1987 & 2010, France

NICO IN 1990 & 2010, France

MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Bueno
MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires

SUE IN 1977 & 2010 , London

MARINA IN 1988 & 2010, Buenos Aires
MARINA IN 1988 & 2010, Buenos Aires

LALI IN 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires
LALI IN 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires



James Mollison – Where Children Sleep

28 May

From Amazon:

Where Children Sleep presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world–from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India–alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), Where Children Sleep is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.

Here are a few examples from the book. (Similar concept: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats)


Lamine (above), 12, lives in Senegal. He is a pupil at the village Koranic school, where no girls are allowed. He shares a room with several other boys. The beds are basic, some supported by bricks for legs. At six every morning the boys begin work on the school farm, where they learn how to dig, harvest maize and plough the fields using donkeys. In the afternoon they study the Koran. In his free time Lamine likes to play football with his friends.


Tzvika, nine, lives in an apartment block in Beitar Illit, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It is a gated community of 36,000 Haredi (Orthodox) Jews. Televisions and newspapers are banned from the settlement. The average family has nine children, but Tzvika has only one sister and two brothers, with whom he shares his room. He is taken by car to school, a two-minute drive. Sport is banned from the curriculum. Tzvika goes to the library every day and enjoys reading the holy scriptures. He also likes to play religious games on his computer. He wants to become a rabbi, and his favourite food is schnitzel and chips.


Jamie, 9, lives with his parents and younger twins brother and sister in a penthouse on 5 th Avenue, New York. Jamie goes to a prestigious school and is a good student. In his spare time he takes judo and goes for a swim. He loves to study finance. When he grows up, he wants to become a lawyer like his father.


Indira, seven, lives with her parents, brother and sister near Kathmandu in Nepal. Her house has only one room, with one bed and one mattress. At bedtime, the children share the mattress on the floor. Indira has worked at the local granite quarry since she was three. The family is very poor so everyone has to work. There are 150 other children working at the quarry. Indira works six hours a day and then helps her mother with household chores. She also attends school, 30 minutes’ walk away. Her favourite food is noodles. She would like to be a dancer when she grows up.


Kaya, four, lives with her parents in a small apartment in Tokyo, Japan. Her bedroom is lined from floor to ceiling with clothes and dolls. Kaya’s mother makes all her dresses – Kaya has 30 dresses and coats, 30 pairs of shoes and numerous wigs. When she goes to school, she has to wear a school uniform. Her favourite foods are meat, potatoes, strawberries and peaches. She wants to be a cartoonist when she grows up.


Douha, 10, lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron, in the West Bank. She shares a room with her five sisters. Douha attends a school 10 minutes’ walk away and wants to be a paediatrician. Her brother, Mohammed, killed himself and 23 civilians in a suicide attack against the Israelis in 1996. Afterwards the Israeli military destroyed the family home. Douha has a poster of Mohammed on her wall.


Jasmine (‘Jazzy’), four, lives in a big house in Kentucky, USA, with her parents and three brothers. Her house is in the countryside, surrounded by farmland. Her bedroom is full of crowns and sashes that she has won in beauty pageants. She has entered more than 100 competitions. Her spare time is taken up with rehearsal. She practises her stage routines every day with a trainer. Jazzy would like to be a rock star when she grows up.


Home for this boy and his family is a mattress in a field on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. The family came from Romania by bus, after begging for money to pay for their tickets. When they arrived in Rome, they camped on private land, but the police threw them off. They have no identity papers, so cannot obtain legal work. The boy’s parents clean car windscreens at traffic lights. No one from his family has ever been to school.


Dong, nine, lives in Yunnan province in south-west China with his parents, sister and grandfather. He shares a room with his sister and parents. The family own just enough land to grow their own rice and sugarcane. Dong’s school is 20 minutes’ walk away. He enjoys writing and singing. Most evenings, he spends one hour doing his homework and one hour watching television. When he is older, Dong would like to be a policeman.


Roathy, eight, lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His home sits on a huge rubbish dump. Roathy’s mattress is made from old tyres. Five thousand people live and work here. At six every morning, Roathy and hundreds of other children are given a shower at a local charity centre before they start work, scavenging for cans and plastic bottles, which are sold to a recycling company. Breakfast is often the only meal of the day.


Thais, 11, lives with her parents and sister on the third floor of a block of flats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She shares a bedroom with her sister. They live in the Cidade de Deus (‘City of God’) neighbourhood, which used to be notorious for its gang rivalry and drug use. Since the 2002 film City of God, it has undergone major improvements. Thais is a fan of Felipe Dylon, a pop singer, and has posters of him on her wall. She would like to be a model.


Nantio, 15, is a member of the Rendille tribe in northern Kenya. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her home is a tent-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic, with little room to stand. There is a fire in the middle, around which the family sleep. Nantio’s chores include looking after the goats, chopping firewood and fetching water. She went to the village school for a few years but decided not to continue. Nantio is hoping a moran (warrior) will select her for marriage. She has a boyfriend now, but it is not unusual for a Rendille woman to have several boyfriends before marriage. First, she will have to undergo circumcision, as is the custom.


Joey, 11, lives in Kentucky, USA, with his parents and older sister. He regularly accompanies his father on hunts. He owns two shotguns and a crossbow and made his first kill – a deer – at the age of seven. He is hoping to use his crossbow during the next hunting season as he has become tired of using a gun. He loves the outdoor life and hopes to continue hunting into adulthood. His family always cook and eat the meat from the animal they have shot. Joey does not agree that an animal should be killed just for sport. When he is not out hunting, Joey attends school and enjoys watching television with his pet bearded dragon lizard, Lily.

Source here.  To see more Photos visit www.jamesmollison.com

Lego Builders of Tomorrow

27 May

The idea is great, but the faces of the parents are the best part of it!

Advertising Agency: Serviceplan, Munich, Germany
Executive Creative Director: Matthias Harbeck
Chief Executive Creative Director: Alex Schill
Creative Director: Oliver Palmer
Art Directors: Sandra Loibl, Julia Koch
Copywriter: Frank Seiler
Account Executive: Monika Klingenfuß
Art Director Assistant: Franz Röppischer
Stylist: Frank Niedorff
Published: Dezember 2010

Director: Susanne Dittrich

DOP: Christoph Hagen

Auszeichnung beim Art Directors Club 2011 in der Kategorie TV/Kino Einzelspot

Jonathan Hobin – Mother Goose

24 May

The Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes are a collection of poems, riddles, and stories that originally were used as tools to educate, remind, or even scare children into a pattern of thought or behaviour. Although the origin of many, if not most of the rhymes, is impossible to determine, their content frequently refers to a specific historical event(s) or societal ill that has no obvious relationship to the starry-eyed innocence we often associate with childhood.

Mother Goose

Peter Pumpkin Eater

Jack Horner

Miss Muffet

Yankee Doodle

Jumping Joan

Jack and Jill

Bobby Shaftoe

Hannah Bantry

Jack Sprat

Jeremiah Obadiah

Polly Flinders

Three Men in a Tub

More about Jonathan Hobin:

  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • jhobin.com
  • Jonathan Hobin an award-winning photographer and art director. Hobin’s work draws on iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker—or at the very least, the more troubling-aspects of childhood, imagination and storytelling.

Sources here and here.

You can download the Charles Perrault’s “Tales of Mother Goose” here.