Children’s View of War
Photographer Brian McCarthy’s project called “War Toys” looks at war from a unique point of view, from the perspective of children. Using the techniques of expressive art therapy, McCarthy had children living in war and conflict zones draw out their experiences and memories.
McCarthy then bought inexpensive toys to recreate the drawings. What we see is a visual interpretation of children’s experiences living in these conflict zones. It’s a strange and eye opening juxtaposition of innocent toys and the morbid reality of war.
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It’s heartbreaking to think that such violent and graphic photos came from the memories and experiences of children. It’s hard to make out what the children are drawing, but when Brian McCarthy recreates the drawings with toys, it becomes much easier to visualize the horror these children have witnessed.
War is terrible for everyone, especially for the children who are unfortunate to live in such places, and I thank Brian McCarthy’s photography for opening my eyes to that. It just goes to show how much photography combined with a vision can have an impact on people.