Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world; saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.” But it’s how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and that it took time before they allowed him to play with them (which is what he would do pre-shoot before arranging the toys), whereas in poorer countries he found it much easier to quickly interact, even if there were just two or three toys between them.
Reina: What do you do again?
Me: I am an IT Consultant. I work for myself.
Reina: That sounds lonely.
Reina (10yrs old): Dad, come help me unscramble this word puzzle.
Me: Okay. [Looks for a minute] Typewriter.
She gives me a perplexed look.
Reina: What is a typewriter?