Toy Stories, Gabriele Galimberti
Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possessions—their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world, saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.”
But it’s how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and that it took time before they allowed him to play with them (which is what he would do pre-shoot before arranging the toys), whereas in poorer countries he found it much easier to quickly interact, even if there were just two or three toys between them.
There were similarities too, especially in the functional and protective powers the toys represented for their proud owners. Across borders, the toys were reflective of the world each child was born into—economic status and daily life affecting the types of toys children found interest in. Toy Stories doesn’t just appeal in its cheerful demeanor, but it really becomes quite the anthropological study.
- Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi
- Julia - Tirana, Albania
- Watcharapom - Bangkok, Thailand
- Alessia - Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
- Maudy - Kalulushi, Zambia
- Fermina - Montevideo, Uruguay
- Pavel - Kiev, Ukraine
- Allenah - El Nido, Philippines
- Callum - Fairbanks, Alaska
- Cun Zi Yi - Chongqing, China
Tiny Tattoos, Austin Tott
American photographer Austin Tott has captured a series of images that match miniature, hand-drawn body art to backgrounds from which they draw visual reference. Tiny tattoos are outlined onto the surface of a wrist, penned on the skin in black ink.
Illustrating small-scale bicycles, little trees and envelopes onto the arm, Tott then holds up the hand amongst various landscapes, sets and scenes, which thematically parallel each drawing.