School is one of the strongest socializing factors in one’s life behind the family unit and the media (social media included). From the time your five years old and start your first day of kindergarten until the moment you graduate high school, school is where you spend most of your time and build some of your most meaningful relationships outside of your family. This photo essay attempts to show that although school classrooms and curriculums around the world look different, the students who inhibit these classrooms are not different and neither are the relationships these children form inside their different classrooms. The goal is to help people realize that we often share more similarities with people than we realize even if they don’t look, talk, or act exactly like us.
Iraqi children sit in their classroom
23 October 2009
African Schoolroom- Serving the villages of Zambia.
28 June 2011
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School kids jumping (Asia)
28 March 2014
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DFID - UK Department for International Development
Getting children back into school- Muzaffargarh, Sindh
23 November 2010
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US Department of Education
05062014 ED Goes Back to School 15
6 May 2014
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I constructed the images of these children in their school settings to show that when it comes down to it a lot of us share many similarities no matter what part of the world we grow up in. For example all of these children live in different parts of the world yet in these pictures of them in their classrooms all look similar in the fact that each picture just depicts happy children in school, as if they grew up minutes apart from each other and not thousands of miles away. Hopefully just to reinforce that differences are only as big as as important as you make them.
Adults are the intended audience but children were used throughout the photo essay because children are normally associated with an innocence that affects how adults perceive them. Children tend to get a more compassionate response from adults. I also purposefully choose happy children because living here in the United States when we see children ion other counties, these children are normally depicted as poor, hungry, and sad which often degrades the image we have of not only these children but that country. And I wanted to show that kids in these countries live lives similar to kids here in the United States, reinforcing the fact that as human beings we are all quite similar.
I tried not to manipulate the images of the children too much because I wanted the picture to stay as natural as these children appeared to be and I also didn’t want to distract from the children by complicating the picture. But I did make all the pictures black and white because I wanted to make sure all the pictures were “equal” so that the audience paid attention to the actually children and their facial expressions. But other than that no other technology was used on the pictures.
Ultimately I want to show a commonality between different people of the world by using the medium of school, but I’m not exactly sure how I want to do this with the next five images. I don’t know if I want to take the picture of the children in their schools and put them next to another picture as like a comparison or just add five more pictures of children in their school in five more different parts of the world.