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Children’s View of War Photographed With Toys

By Joseph Cha on November 5th 2013

Children’s View of War

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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.

[Source: Junk-Culture]

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I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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