Do you remember your favorite toy from when you were a child? Was it a toy car, a game or perhaps a doll? I remember mine , it was when I was just 6 years old. For Christmas me and my younger brother and sister got a bike and a stuffed animal. My brother got a big green floppy dog that he called Hooney and I honesty do not remember my little sisters. While I was definitely thrilled dwith the bike my stuffed animal was a large mouse with BIG ears. I had just finished reading Charlotte’s Web by EB White, so I named him Templeton in honor of the rat in the story. Templeton was my best friend, I told him all my worries and my secrets. I owned Templeton until my own kids were in high school, the the poor thing deteriorated, taking many of my juvenile secrets and fears with him.
Italian Photographer, Gabriele Galimberti photographed children from around the world with their most prized possession, their toys. In the article by Ben Machell from The Times Magazine Gamlimberti said ”
“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,” says the Italian, who would often join in with a child’s games before arranging the toys and taking the photograph. “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.”
When I was looking through the photographs I was surprised to see that the child from Texas did not have as many toys as I thought he would. I guess I thought Americans are usually portrayed as excessively wealthy and unduly indulgent . It was good to see us not being portrayed as such.
You can go to http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects-2/toys-2/ and check out not only the photos but the article by Ben Machall. It is worth your time.