For Some Children, A “Bedroom” Is Quite Different

Have you ever thought of your bedroom as a haven? Would you consider your bedroom as a place of peace, besides a room to sleep in? Until I saw James Mollison’s photo essay depicting the “bedrooms” of children from different countries, I never thought much of it.

For someone who had to share a bedroom with my sister, my bedroom was never a place that I could go to for peace and quiet. Our bedroom was crowded and barely accommodated us, but we managed to make it work for us. While I didn’t have privacy back then, I still thought it was a room for me. By the time I had my own “bedroom”, I was an adult living in my own place.

The children who were chosen for this photo essay originated from as far as Kenya and Nepal, as well as my city, New York. What struck me as interesting was how different each child’s “bedroom” was compared to what most of us know. The photos of where each child slept varied from an actual “room” to a mattress on the floor. It is also worth noting that almost half of the children who were depicted on this photo essay had to share rooms with siblings or their whole family.

It’s easy to presume that every child’s bedroom would be the same everywhere, but that was my misconception. Even though I grew up sleeping in a bedroom and my daughter has her own, I shouldn’t think that children in different parts of the world would have the same sleeping arrangements. Every culture is different and whether each child sleeps in his/her “bedroom” by themselves or shares it, they still manage to make that space their own as shown in the photo essay. That’s my take on this, what’s yours?

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2 Responses to “For Some Children, A “Bedroom” Is Quite Different”

  1. Amy says:

    I showed some of the pictures to my own children who were more shocked by the picture of the young man from Kentucky with the room full of guns than all of the other pictures combined. Think I will buy the book and discuss them bringing it to school with their teachers. Might be interesting for their social studies classes.

    • Dear Amy,

      Isn’t it amazing what children will pick up from photos? It was shocking to see the room of that young man from Kentucky especially after Sandy Hook. I would be interested to know what your kids think about all the other photos if this is discussed in their social studies classes.

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