Photos of Iraqis and Their Childhood Dreams

Every child has their dream or aspiration. Some live to see their dreams become a reality, and some don’t. In Iraq, people are not without their own dreams… yet unforeseen circumstances and social climates sometimes make dreams hard to fathom, especially when one is just trying to get by in the present. Kurdish photographer and filmmaker Jamal Penjweny chose to document the dreams of those around him. He titled the series “I Wish” and took portraits of Iraqi adults holding up photos of athletes whom they wanted to emulate in their childhood.

Artist Shows Drawing Progression From Age 2 Through 24

Sometimes when we see amazing art it’s easy to just think “oh that person must be really gifted” but this progression gives hope that maybe anybody can create beautiful art if they are willing to put in the effort. Jake Lockett has been making art since he could pick up a pen at age 2 and shared with us a progression album on his website showcasing a couple pieces of art from almost every year from age 2 to his current 24 years of age. Each year his art grows a little more technical and then diverges into his unique style. It’s really awesome to see this artist’s journey laid out in picture form and would be interesting to see the childhood works from other highly regarded artists too.

Chino Otsuka Travels Back to Her Childhood Through Superimposing Herself

At the age of 10, Chino Otsuka left her home country of Japan to move to the United Kingdom for school. When she arrived she was faced with the challenges that come with relocating to a foreign country. Adapting to new languages, cultures and environments while still navigating childhood were part of Otsukas journey now. It was this time in her life that inspired her to create a photo series she titled Imagine Finding Me.

A Dreamy Digital Nature, Inspired by Childhood

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What if you stepped outside one day and the whole world had gone digital? That’s what it looks like from designer Robinsson Cravents’ new personal project, Nature Dreamy… a title that eludes to the chance we haven’t woken up at all. He’s created colorful 3D worlds atop neatly sliced rectangles of digital earth, featuring majestic and whimsical creatures from deer to squirrels. In one case we are treated to the presence of humans: a sky filled with hot air balloons.

Artists Create 1000 Portraits of a Young Girl

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Many people are thrilled to have someone paint or draw an image of their child… but imagine having 1000 portraits created of your precious little creation! That’s about the gist of this very cool project featuring adorable 3 year-old Adora Levin (aka NyuNyu). Her father, Hanan, had the idea of having artists from around the world create their own interpretation of images he’s posted of Adora, and the results are highly entertaining. The stack of art is piling up… with over 500 artists having already participated.

No Kid Hungry: Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

The thought of children going to sleep hungry anywhere in the world is tough to swallow. People may think that hunger is a problem which resides firmly in the hands of third world countries — but they’re mistaken. America has a problem too. America has the food and programs in place to end childhood hunger, but they are up against a lot: the stigmas and embarrassments that surround hunger, the challenges presented by access to healthy food, and the struggle to connect children with the resources they need to thrive.

Child’s Caves: Re-Imagining The Fantasies of Childhood

What was it like building forts in your house as a kid? Did you create space ships, fairytale castles, jungle forts or tipis? Did you use sheets, cardboard boxes, umbrellas and broomsticks? I remember sharing a room with my brother, twin beds on each wall and creating some pretty plush forts between using old comforters, loads of pillows from the house (sorry Mom) and anything possible to make their ceilings stand tall. Sometimes they’d be castles, sometimes we thought we were building roller coasters… one thing was for sure though: when the lights went out and we were supposed to be sleeping, we’d crawl back inside and imagine fantastic adventures late into the night.

A Time Lapse Childhood

When you see someone every day, it’s nearly impossible to see the way they change physically over time because it’s so subtle. Typically, you only notice someone has changed if it’s been a while since you’ve seen them, but this video of a time lapse childhood shows that seeing someone every day for a decade can have the same effect — if it’s done in stop motion.