We came across this photography project called "Toy Stories" by Gabriele Galimberti, in which he takes pictures of children from all over the world with their favourite toys.
Everyone remembers their childhood toys. I can remember the names I alternated between for my Baby Born doll (Lucy and Abigail!) better than I can recall the names of my childhood next door neighbours. Here are a selection from the project and soon you will find yourself clicking through to the website for more, like we did!
No matter how much or how little they have, children will always create a new worlds and possible futures for themselves through play.
Alessia - Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
Alessia was born and raised in the country, her family owns one of the largest farms in the city. She loves to play with animals and helps her grandfather with the farm work. With her small tools she brings food to the many Chianina cows.
Keynor - Cahuita, Costa Rica
Keynor was born in Cahuita, on the caribbean coast of Costa Rica. He has never left Cahuita, not even for a day. He lives 300 meters from the beach and sometimes his mother lets him swim there with his older brother Deynor. Keynor’s father has a strong passion for toy cars, collecting over 200. Every now and again his father gives him an old car and Keynor has started his own small collection.
Elene - Tblisi, Georgia
Elene was born in southern Georgia and grew up in Tblisi. She doesn’t go to school yet but she already knows how to read and write. Her favourite toys are all connected with school somehow. She loves pencils, notebooks, colour pens and much more.
Tangwizi - Keekorok, Kenya
Tangwizi was born in a Maasai village in the south of Kenya in a small hut made of dung and straw. His bed is made of a few rags on the ground. He plays outside with the other village children but every night he sleeps with his unique toy: a little cuddly monkey.
Norden - Massa, Morocco
Norden lives in Massa, a small village 40km south of Agadir. In the room where he plays and sleeps there is nothing but a carpet. Every day he wakes up early together with his family and goes to the valley where they have some pieces of land to farm. He spends most of his time playing with a dog outside. The toys in the photo are all he owns.
Virginia - American Fork, Utah
Virginia lives in American Fork, a little in Utah. She loves to play baseball with her little brother. He launches the ball and she hits it, it can never be the other way around! Her family keeps some animals in their garden, like goats and chickens. She has a favourite goat and always wants to play with her.
Shaira - Mumbai, India
Shaira was born in Mumbai 6 years ago but she lived the first 3 years of her life in New York with her family. Now she lives in Mumbai but her first language is still English. She knows just a few words in Hindi, because her babysitter speaks that language. Shaira loves board games. She spends a lot of time playing games with her family. From her bedroom window, on the 18th floor of a new building, she can almost see the whole city.
All photos by Gabriele Galimberti.