Slate recently had a feature on photographer Gabriele Galimberti, showing young children with their most prized possessions.
I guess it says something about how much I’ve come to expect even children to be wearing shoes that I was pleasantly surprised that about half of them weren’t.
The article is Children Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions. It features 12 of Ms. Galimberti’s photographs, all specially-posed shots with the children’s special toys carefully arranged in front of them.
Here’s Mikkel, age 3, from Bergen, Norway.
The pictures are from kids all over the world, from Haiti to Mexico to Switzerland to the Phillipines. Again, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that 10 out of the 12 photographs show the kids barefoot. After all, a lot of them are in their houses.
But it seems to me that, at least around here, the norm has become to shod up kids, even in their houses.
So it was refreshing to see otherwise.
Ms. Galimberti is featured because she has a book out with these pictures, and more: Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things.
So, go check out the article. Maybe it’ll resonate with something in you.