Alex, 9, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Where Children Sleep is an eye-opening project by photographer James Mollison that takes a look at children from all across the globe and the diverse environments they go to sleep in. The series presents a portrait of each child or adolescent accompanied by a shot of their bedrooms. While some have a bounty of possessions and a lavish bed to rest their head on at night, the images reveal that some are not as fortunate.

Mollison gives an intimate perspective of these children, offering some sense of their lifestyle through their personal bedroom. At times, though, it can be difficult to even refer to the space they sleep in as a bedroom as there is no actual bed. In the case of Bilal, a 6-year-old Bedouin shepherd boy, the young boy is left to sleep "outdoors with his father's herd of goats." Alternatively, 4-year-old Kaya in Tokyo is adorned in frilly dresses that her mother spends $1,000 on every month, which is reflected in the abundance of toys and luxury items that fill her room.

The series is currently available as a photo essay and fine art book that offers a variety of lifestyles, as seen through the portraits of children and their bedrooms.

Anonymous, 9, Ivory Coast

Indira, 7, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dong, 9, Yunnan, China

Ahkohxet, 8, Amazonia, Brazil

Alyssa, 8, Harlan County, USA

Li, 10, Beijing, China

Bilal, 6, Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank

Joey, 11, Kentucky, USA

Kaya, 4, Tokyo, Japan

Jaime, 9, New York, USA

Ryuta 10, Tokyo, Japan

Nantio, 15, Lisamis, Northern Kenya

Kana,16, Tokyo, Japan

James Mollison website
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  • A sleepless night can ruin your whole day by making you irritated and lethargic. Sleeplessness is one of the sleeping disorder which is known as a serious health problems. If your are not mentally relaxed, then how can you expect that you can get physical relaxation and energy. This problem occurs due to various reasons, such as stress, poor nutrition, side-effects of medications, anxiety, bad sleeping habits. This sleeplessness is known as Insomnia.
  • Such an eye opener it is for all we people to realize how differently young contemporaries all over the world spend their nights. Considering the importance of sleep, some kids wouldn't be even nearer to comprehend its true meaning. Withdrew from the concept of sleep-like-a-baby, so many kids are deprived off sleep.
    You know, I personally go freaking mad if I fail to get the good night's sleep. Specially when I have to work the upcoming day.
    I feel so happy for those kids belonging to the well off families, leading lavishly led or at least decently fed families. I feel privileged for having slept good sleepy nights all my childhood.
    So many of our problems go vanishing just by being able to sleep on a well cushioned mattress and in a warm cozy quilt.
    What we all need to learn is the importance sleep holds in our lives and the level of priority it should get.

  • If governments stress for peace, instead for politically searching for funds to support their idea, maybe they shoud use this to educate people for an important change that is needed.

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